Google Home will be introduced by Google on Wednesday to the market of a voice-activated home device. But it is yet to be announced during Google’s yearly developer’s conference in Silicon Valley.
What is Google Home?
Simply put it’s Google’s answer to Amazon Echo. It’s a virtual agent that answers questions and performs basic tasks. It will be available in the fall.
But Amazon Echo has already been around for two years. And it has sold approximately three million units. So, Google Home must have better features than Echo to outperform Amazon’s voice-activated home device.
Unfortunately, no one from Google released a comment on this device.
In the market for consumer technology, virtual agents being powered by AI are becoming more and more popular.
In October 2011, Apple’s Siri was released. Although it drew a global attention, it was Echo that really offered an actual consumer application.
If Google Home is like Amazon Echo, then it would also be like Siri that’s on steroids because of her ability to act as a control hub for your home and media.
With your voice, you can control almost everything. It’s one of the major benefits why people chose to buy Amazon Echo.
What to expect from Google Home?
You could use it to add items to your shopping list, for example. Or you could ask it to remind you of an upcoming appointment on your calendar or set a timer.
But, just like Siri, you might experience hearing an answer like, “Sorry I didn’t understand your question.” That’s the favorite response of Siri.
However, having it in your home could be useful, especially if your hands are full, and your smartphone isn’t near you.
Amazon added features to Echo that enables it to order a car from Uber or order pizza from Domino’s. It can also provide you fitness information from your Fitbit or election news from the NBC channel.
Almost all tech giants are heading towards the virtual agent. Google allowed the competition to catch up. But it’s critical for the company to do well here as it suffered misses on social media and instant messaging.
Virtual agents are still a work in progress. But a lot of people are now asking about privacy and disclosures.
Then, there’s the question about the quality of details that these agents could provide. The more information the company has about your interests, opinions, and habits, the better that its virtual agent could serve you.
Promising Piece of Technology
No one can say for sure what Google Home is like, but people are going to see it when the Google I/O 2016 starts. With proper developers that would support it, this home device could become a serious, smart hub and a competitor for Echo.
It may offer a lot of value, but you may need to pay more for it. Remember, Echo started at $199.
For the past few years, Google has been promoting virtual assistants. But we’ll have to wait and see what Google has to offer on May 18.