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May 19, 2016

Google Wants to Run Your Household for You With AI-Powered Assistant

GH_LivingroomGoogle is ready to take on Amazon Echo with its own voice-controlled, AI-powered assistant.

Google Home — introduced at I/O, the tech firm’s annual developer conference — is to be a control center for the home.

Much like Amazon’s Echo device, Google Home can perform Internet searches, answer questions and perform tasks like updating your schedule or booking a reservation.

“Google Home is a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. “It lets you enjoy entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and get answers from Google—all using conversational speech.

“With a simple voice command, you can ask Google Home to play a song, set a timer for the oven, check your flight, or turn on your lights. It’s designed to fit your home with customizable bases in different colors and materials.”

Google has not released a ton of details about the new tech as yet, but the device links with Chromecast and Smart devices and appliances, meaning it can control the temperature in your home, not to mention the Smart fridge and television.

Although the company has yet to say how much it will cost, it did say Google Home will be released later this year. You can sign up for updates here.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.