Google home has been given a release date for the UK, The speaker and digital assistant launched in the US in November 2016 and is part of a growing trend to make artificial intelligence (AI) available in homes.
Currently the only other Digital Assistant in the UK is the Amazon Echo which currently dominates the UK market, Google hopes to step in and mix things up by also launching its own wi-fi service in the UK. Google says the new wi-fi service is their attempt to solve the “frustration when wireless connectivity fails at home”.
In a blog post Google wrote “Ask Google Home a question, and it will give you the answer by tapping into the power of Google—Search, Maps, Translate and more. It can also help you with translations and calculations, or deliver a news briefing from publications such as the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Sun, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Sky News, Sky Sports and others. Using the Google Assistant, Google Home can answer questions about your interests, the weather, traffic, sports, finance, local businesses and more. You could ask “Where is the nearest petrol station?” and then follow up with,“When does it close?” The Assistant can also have fun—it can tell you jokes, play trivia or make animal sounds.”
Just Like the Amazon Echo the Google Hub also allows users to enjoy Music from Spotify, TuneIn, live radio from the BBC and instead of amazon music you can use Google Play Music. If you have multiple Google Home devices, Chromecast Audio or Chromecast-enabled speakers, you can blast the same tune around the house or group them by room with the multi-room feature.
Google Wifi uses mesh Wi-Fi technology and to make sure you’re always in control, Google Wifi comes with an app that lets you do things like pause Wi-Fi on kids’ devices (when it’s time to come to the dinner table) and is built to help keep your data safe and secure.
Google Home will be available in stores such as Argos, John Lewis, Dixons and Maplin from 6 April, and will cost £129 which is £21 cheaper than the Echo and Google Wi-fi will be available at the same time and will also cost £129.