The New Kid on the Block

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.

Google Home

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 Description

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.”

Highlighted Features

  • 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

Final Thoughts

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.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.

4 Comments

  1. I loved the announcements by Google yesterday. Although I’ve never been an early adopter, I’m always fascinated to see where technology will be taking us next. I look forward to your review!

    • I am typically an early adopter. I like taking the leap and being among the first to experience something new.

  2. Very interesting James! I enjoyed your Echo post so appreciate the update on this front too. I’m curious to learn more about how these options compare to one-another. Have a great day!

    • Thanks, my friend. Like you, I’m interested in learning more about how they compare, particularly since I really love the Amazon products, and from what I’m hearing and according to what is covered in the video, Google Assistant will be even more ‘intelligent’ and capable.

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