(WATCH GOOGLE I/O LIVE HERE) Insiders speaking on the condition of anonymity have apparently informed The New York Times that Google is about to release their own Amazon Echo competitor, nicknamed “Google Chirp”. Capital Mac Service reported on the possibility of Google building their own Google Now-based home product in an article here. The device has been tipped to be introduced at the Google I/O conference on May 18th, with a keynoted to be delivered by Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google. Google has declined to comment on this story.
The Google voice-activated product will most likely be called “Google Home,” as mentioned by industry insiders. The product will be released sometime in the Fall of 2016 and will most likely be built from the current technology that runs Google Now, which is Google’s competitor to Apple’s Siri digital assistant. Both Apple and Google have been absent in this emerging home-automation category as of late, with Amazon releasing the Amazon Echo (to sales of about 3 million units), a smart-home voice activated product, that allows users to issue voice commands from across the room. Some of the tasks the Amazon Echo can perform is ordering pizza and dimming smart-connected lights in the home.
Google’s entry into this new market is a bit late, however, they have exhibited success with their Google Now and Google Now on Tap products, which appear on most current Android phones. Some analysts have speculated that the device from Google will offer a look and feel to another current Google product, which is their OnHub router product. That particular product comes in a sleek tube-shaped shell, similar to the Amazon Echo product.
Google also has had great success with their HDMI streaming stick, called “Chromecast,” and their home-automation products such as the intelligent Nest thermostat and smoke detector. With these products already embedded in millions of homes, it is easy to see how Google’s poised to entrench itself deeper into the smart home of the future with the new “Google Home” product.
Google I/O will be 360-degree livestreamed live at 10:00am PDT on YouTube.