After a fairly successful launch of the Amazon Echo products in India, the attention now turns to the world leader in technology. Google was a couple of years behind Amazon in entering the home assistant device space, but has made huge strides in the last two years. With a clear focus on ensuring that the software end and the voice activated artificial intelligence, Google Assistant, are ever improving, Google is ready to give its competitors a run for their money with the launch of Google Home in India.
What is Google Home?
Google Home is Google’s flagship smart speaker device for your home. Working very much like your digital assistant, it is operates on voice activated artificial intelligence software. Google Assistant, the technology that supports this device, is adept at interacting and taking requests from the users. Google is launching two variants of the device, Google Home and Google Home Mini. The company advertises these devices as being ready to do everything, from finding answers about whatever you want, to playing the music of your choice.
The biggest difference between Google Home and Google Home Mini is on the design front. As the name suggests, the Google Home Mini comes with a smaller speaker and overall body dimensions as compared to Google Home. The top surface of Google Home is touch sensitive. A simple tap can help you pause and resume music, while long pressing will help you activate the microphone. Clockwise and anticlockwise swipes on the surface can alter the volume. The devices have been designed uniquely to ensure that they are not just a superb technology addition for the home, but also make for great décor pieces with their smooth finishes and perfect colour combinations. Google Home comes with a removable base, which you can replace with a base in a colour of your choice, depending on what you feel goes well with your existing décor.
Using the Google Home app, available on Android and iOS, it is extremely easy to connect to any Wi-Fi network. The biggest advantage that Google Home holds over the competition comes from the fact that it is backed up by a wide range of services from the stable of Google. Right from news to accurate navigation, you can expect your Google Home device to assist you with everything. Employing a smarter AI, Google Home also understands conversations and contexts better, executing commands without you having to repeat the entire sentence over and over again. The sound quality of the speakers on these devices is not very loud, but still loud enough for decent sound.
The devices are expected to be very reasonably priced and expected to be launched in India on 10th April, and as per the latest reports, will be available online through Flipkart. The expected price for Google Home is around Rs. 8500, while Google Home Mini is expected to be priced around Rs. 3200.