We are just hours away from Google I/O 2016 and rumor has it that the Internet company might announce a new product that will compete with Amazon s Echo. Called Google Home and internally referred as Project Chirp, it is likely to be a voice-activated home device, The New York Times reports. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this yearAlso Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account owners
Similar to Amazon Echo, Google Home would be able to take voice commands and answer questions. It could leverage Google s natural language processing capabilities to perform simple tasks and look for information, just like Google Now on your smartphone. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
The official demonstration could happen at the keynote, later tonight, however, Google Home won t be released before the fall, the publication reports. After today s announcement, third-party developers would have enough time to begin their integration before the product is ready for the launch.
Amazon already has a few products in this category, which includes the Echo Dot, Echo and Amazon Tap. These Bluetooth-enabled voice assistants can be controlled using an app and compatible with Amazon s Fire OS, Google s Android OS, Apple s iOS and desktop browsers too. These devices are priced between $89.99 (approximately Rs 6,050) to $179.99 (approximately Rs 12,100). It will be interesting to see how different Google s implementation will be like and how aggressively it can price the device.
Google I/O 2016 is set to take place later tonight at 10:30PM IST. It will be live streamed on YouTube and for those who want an immersive VR experience, can view it via Google Cardboard, both on Android and iOS. The VR 360-degree stream will also be available on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.
Besides Google Home, we also expect to hear more details about Android N, standalone VR headset, Chrome OS, Project Ara and Project Tango among others. There are rumors that Google may also introduce a chat bot along with a messaging app. We will be covering the event live to bring all the announcement from Google, as and when it happens.