tech2 News StaffApr 02, 2018 12:46:39 IST
Update: Google India has confirmed that the Google Home devices will be coming to India in the latest tweet on its Google India handle.
Looks like Google is finally going to bring some competition to Amazon's line of Echo products with the launch of the Google Home and Home Mini in India this month.
According to a report by GizmoChina, in a communication shared by Redington India with its retail partners, Google Home and Home Mini will be launched in India by April 2018. This will be the second major brand to release its smart speakers in the Indian market since the Amazon Echo line of products — Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Echo — launched in India in October 2017.
Google Assistant recently announced support for 30 more languages, including Hindi, by the end of this year. "The Assistant is already available in eight languages, and by the end of the year it will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide," Nick Fox, vice president of Product, Google wrote in a blog post. A Hindi language support in Assistant can definitely boost the prospects of the Home and Home Mini sales in India.
Google India sent out a tweet today, almost confirming the arrival of the Google Home and Home Mini.
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) April 2, 2018
Amazon's Alexa can definitely understand Indian accents quite well, but it still does not understand or speak Hindi. So a support for Hindi will be a definite advantage for Google when it launches Home or Home Mini.
According to a report in GSMArena, local users of imported Google Home devices are saying that the process of localisation is already underway and a lot of it has to do with language recognition. The Media Accounts menu now even supports apps such as Saavn and Gaana but voice interaction with these apps is still now available.
The pricing for the Indian market is yet not known. In the US, the Google Home Mini sells for $49 (Rs 3,200 approx) and the Google Home sells for $129 (Rs 8,400 approx). The only difference between the Home and Home Mini is to do with the speaker. The smart features are the same on both the devices.
The Amazon Echo devices are priced thus: Echo Dot for Rs 4,499; the Echo for Rs 9,999 and the Echo Plus for Rs 14,999.
The new features on the new Home Devices include the ability to recognise people by their voices and customise the experience for that user. Users can now use Google Home devices to initiate hands-free calling from their numbers. The device can initiate a call through the mobile number of that user, and if a person is mentioned, pull up the individual from the contact list of the user who made the request.
Google Home has expanded functionality that now allows you to preset a series of functions that get triggered by a single command. These are called routines, and saying good morning or good night can trigger a series of events.
For example, after you say "Good Morning", Google Home will pull out information from your calendar, set the connected smart home devices to the appropriate settings, read out the weather information, and even play a "get out of bed" playlist.
The Google Home devices connect to over 1,000 smart home devices. A number of Google Home devices in various rooms can work together, for example playing the same music throughout the house. A broadcast feature triggers the routines in all the Google Home speakers in the home.