Amazon Echo pictured above.
It has been rumored for quite some time now that Google would reveal a direct competitor to Amazon Echo at Google I/O this year. But today an anonymous source speaking to The New York Times has confirmed that the code named Project Chirp will officially be called Google Home. Google, obviously, declined to comment.
Such a device would have immediate advantages over the Echo, as it will feature Google Now, which is baked in to all modern Android devices. Tied to a Google account it would be able to give immediate information and be able to be more of an autonomous assistant than Alexa.
For example, in the morning it would know when you wake up and tell you relevant weather and traffic information that it learns from your phone. And if it is powered by Android, then it has even more advantages which could come along with a simple API from Google to make apps share with Google Home. This would help its app pool grow much faster than the Echo which still has a fairly scant selection of services. While it grows all the time, it couldn’t compare to the amount of apps Google Home would receive with the creation of an API.
These are speculations of course, but we do not have long to wait as Google I/O kicks off later today. It will likely be unveiled during the Keynote first thing and then we will have the full details. As for when it will hit the market? The anonymous source disclosed that Google Home will be released this fall.
Are you excited for the launch, and if you own an Amazon Echo, could this be a replacement? Let us know down in the comments.