Amazon’s Echo has been largely unchallenged — until now. Or soon, rather, since Google Home isn’t officially for sale just yet. Google’s compact but stubby device boasts a speaker and long-throw microphone to listen out for voice commands and then respond appropriately, both giving you information on things like weather and traffic while also controlling different devices around your home including lighting, your sound system, and other home automation devices (we assume including Google-owned Nest devices, but time will tell). The speaker itself is room-fillingly loud, a benefit of the unit relying on your wall outlet for power instead of small batteries, and we’re fairly confident its feature base will continue to expand until it launches later this year.
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