At Google’s annual hardware event, Google revealed that its voice-powered assistant/Bluetooth speaker Google Home will cost $129 and is slated to go on sale November 4th. Google Home is a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house and office via a Wi-Fi-connected speaker.
The device itself has interchangeable bases available in the various colours and finishes (such as metal and fabric, enabling you to match it to your decor).
So like Echo, Google Home combines a wireless speaker with a set of microphones that listen for your voice commands. There is a mute button on the Home and also four LEDs on top of the device so you know when it’s listening to you; otherwise, you won’t find any physical buttons on it.
The voice assistant also supports music streaming from YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, Tunein and IHeart Radio. Because it is powered by Google’s powerful search engine you can also ask for the songs using specific queries like, ‘Play that Shakira song from Zootopia’.
Another notable difference is that, Google Home has only two microphones in it. The Echo has seven. Multiple microphones are important for beam-forming, that allow a device to recognize what direction your voice is coming from and pay more attention to it than to the noise surrounding it. Google claims it uses complex machine learning algorithms in the cloud to allow two microphones to do the same work as seven
The speaker features dual side-facing passive radiators, which deliver full range, rich bass, and clear highs. And the entire thing is available in three colour variations: Mango, Marine, and Violet bases join Carbon, Copper tops, and Snow. The bases can be swapped out.