tech2 News StaffMay 18, 2016 13:47:57 IST
Google's response to Amazon Echo, so far known by the codename "Chirp" will be named Home and launched later this fall. The product is considerably far in terms of launch date. Google Home is an attempt to gain market in the voice controlled digital assistant category, currently dominated by Amazon Echo. The time remaining till the launch will give Google chance to build third-party chains and partnerships in order to successfully capture the market on it's launch.
Google Home will be similar in looks to the existing OnHub WiFi Router by Google but with voice-recognition and speech technology that has been used by Google in its smartphones. OnHub currently has no voice-recognition or speech capabilities but it is expected that they will be added with the "Okay, Google" command or something similar to trigger the voice commands.
There is much to be seen about Google Home even if it is not released during Google IO 2016 but we expect the company to talk about it at length. There is no indication about any public API's for third-party apps to tap in the system and integrate seamlessly but it is expected that Google will bring that capability sooner than later. The third party integration is the strength for Google along with their own eco system with products like Google Play Music and Google Search integrating in Google Home.
Apart from the usual scenarios like integrating voice commands in products like Google Calendar and Google Books, there can be unconventional ones like using the Voice-recognition and Speech technology in integrating Google Translate into Google Home among many others. Amazon Echo already has been leveraging this by tapping into it's Amazon Shopping inventory among other things like Prime Audio Books and shopping through voice commands. Echo offers nominal support of Apps like Uber, etc.
Google is in a good position where it can move the customer around and make him as the central piece of it's app ecosystem. The new strategy of Google using Bots can help push Google Home to it's peak with websites and services being offered as audio bots leaving the execution of tailored experiences to developers and the cloud computing.
There is no indication at pricing or other specific details but we will stay tuned and keep you updated about any further developments.
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