The rumors are true. Google unveiled today at the Google I/O 2016 the Google Home gadget.
Google Home is a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house. 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 Home will be released later this year.
If the above sounds familiar, you are right. Google just announced an Amazon Echo clone. This is a bit embarrassing, but inevitable. As rumored, Google unveiled a voice activated device similar to the Echo. It is not even ready yet. We have to wait for it until fall, or just buy an Echo now.
Besides the Google Home device, Google announced Allo and Duo that work with Google's voice assistant service. Allo is a new messaging app that also comes complete with the Google assistant, so you can interact with it directly in your chats, either one-on-one or with friends. Because the assistant understands your world, you can ask for things like your agenda for the day or photos from your last trip. If you’re planning a dinner with friends, you can ask the assistant to suggest restaurants nearby, all in one thread.
Allo includes Smart Reply, which suggests responses to messages based on context, and comes with fun ways to make your chats more expressive, including emojis, stickers, and the ability to get creative with photos. There’s also an Incognito mode that provides end-to-end encryption, discreet notifications, and message expiration.
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In addition to Allo, Google is introducing Duo, a companion app for one-to-one video calling. With Duo, the goal is to make video calling faster and more reliable, even on slower network speeds. We also introduced a feature called Knock Knock, which gives you a live video of the other caller before you answer. Both Allo and Duo are based on your phone number, so you can communicate with anyone regardless of whether they’re on Android or iOS. Both apps will be available this summer.