Google I/O is nearly upon us and rumors have been flying about Google creating a competitor to Amazon’s Echo. Now, that competitor has a name. The New York Times is reporting that Google’s unit will be called Google Home and that it will launch it tomorrow at Google I/O. This unit will be voice-activated and can respond to questions and perform certain tasks. That being said, it’s unclear how advanced Google’s device is.
Amazon has worked to improve the Echo since its launch, adding in a whole host of new abilities that make it stand out among the crowd. Google will need to match or exceed these abilities in order to compete with Amazon, which has already established a foothold in the market.
That being said, Google has ample opportunity to make Google Home shine. The device reportedly won’t go on sale until the fall, allowing Google a great span of time in which to perfect Google Home. Google can also utilize its resources from Android, such as Google Now, and the newer version, Now On Tap, which is contextually aware. By implementing that same contextual awareness into Google Home, Google could make a product that can perform far more complex tasks than its competitors.
While details are still patchy, we should know more in less than 24 hours, when Google I/O 2016 is in full swing. Stay tuned.