IS CALLED ‘HOME’

Fiji Sun - - Techworld -

Google’s an­swer to the Ama­zon Echo is named Google Home, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times. Google Home, which was de­vel­oped un­der the co­de­name “Chirp,” is a voice-pow­ered as­sis­tant that can an­swer ba­sic ques­tions as you bus­tle around the house. The de­vice should hit stores in the fall and Google is set to un­veil the de­vice dur­ing its big I/O con­fer­ence to­mor­row, NYT re­ports. We heard ru­mors that Google was build­ing its own Echo-like de­vice ear­lier this month, though Google had pre­vi­ously de­nied it was work­ing on a home as­sis­tant, cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns. Google al­ready has its foot­ing in the con­nected-home mar­ket, most no­tably with its Nest ther­mostats, which hap­pen to play nice with the Ama­zon Echo. For now, at least.

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