Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo At Google I/O 2016

Posted: May 18 2016, 1:48am CDT | by , Updated: May 18 2016, 2:14pm CDT, in News | Technology News

Google Home Takes on Amazon Echo at Google I/O 2016
Google Home

It's not Google Chirp, but Google Home.

Last week we reported that Google will unveil an Amazon Echo competitor at the Google I/O 2016, internally known as Google Chirp. Now the New York Times reports that the voice activated gadget will be called Google Home. The announcement of Google Home is expected to be made today in the Google I/O 2016 keynote kicking off at 10am Pacific.

UPDATE: Google Home is Official.

Amazon Echo is a run away success with an estimated 3 million units sold. It was just a matter of time other companies, especially those who offer voice assistance services, offer a home voice assistant.

Amazon has already established the Alexa platform with lots of connectors, enabling Amazon Echo users to call an Uber, order a Pizza, shop on Amazon, hear the latest news, weather and control their home. Google has a lot of catching up to do. They will try to get the developer community behind Google Home to help catch up to Amazon.

In March Amazon added Amazon Tap and Amazon Dot to the Echo line-up. The new Amazon Tap is an Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker that offers rich, full-range sound. The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device that uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo.

We expect Amazon to launch a new Echo 2 this Fall. Amazon is the new king of consumer electronics, apparently innovating faster than establish tech companies. Amazon is very close to consumers. They know what they want. The Echo is a the best example for this.

The Google Home device will not ship before the Fall, in time for the Holiday shopping season.

The Google I/O 2016 keynote will be streamed live online, starting at 10am PDT.

Via New York Times.

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