Recently, here and here, I’ve written about Alexa – Amazon’s virtual assistant – and the devices that bring her to life, the Echo, Dot, and Tap. As I noted in those posts, I’m a big fan of the idea of a smart home; utilizing technology in my living space to manage lighting & energy, for monitoring; security, for convenience, and for entertainment.
On Tuesday, Google jumped into the fray, announcing it was ready to challenge the ‘virtual assistants’ – Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Apple’s Siri – by introducing Google Assistant.
According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google Assistant will keep getting smarter the more you use it, to the point that it’ll be so customized to the user that essentially, each user’s Google Assistant will be unique.
The first physical manifestation of Google Assistant will be Google Home. So what is it? Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, “Ok Google.”
- Connectivity: 802.11ac (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) Wi-Fi
- Supported operating systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher
- Weight: 1.05 lbs
- Dimensions: Height: 5.62 inch, Diameter: 3.79 inch
- Color: White body, Slate fabric
- What’s in the box: Google Home, power supply, quick start guide
I’m an admitted technology/device junkie. As such, like the 2nd generation Amazon Dot, I have pre-ordered Google Home. The projected delivery is 8 – 10 November. Of course, once I’ve received Google Home, put it through its paces, and had a chance to compare and contrast it to Amazon Echo, I’ll be back with a review.