They say that home is where the heart is, but if you ask Google and now Andy Rubin’s Essential, it’s also a smart speaker that can help you control connected devices.
Today, following the unveiling of its first smartphone, Essential has debuted a brand new smart speaker in the same vein as the Amazon Echo Show, which also boasts a display on it. The basics are all there: You can control the smart devices in your home, you can play music from it, you can get news updates, and more. The Essential Home will also offer up proactive information, letting you know when you should leave your house based on traffic.
The Essential Home is running a new operating system called Ambient OS, which includes support for a variety of platforms including HomeKit and SmartThings. The Essential Home will also work with digital personal assistants from the likes of Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant, according to Wired.
One of the focuses of the Essential Home is privacy. Essential says it will avoid communicating information with the cloud when it can, preferring to keep everything local and on device while it’s communicating with the other connected devices in your home.
That’s all we know about the Essential Home for now. How much would you pay for the Essential Home?