Sunday , October 22 2017

Google is working on a home voice assistant like the Echo, code-named Chirp

Ok Google

Plain and simple, Amazon is owning the home voice assistant market at the moment, at least in the US, with their Echo line of devices. Many have wondered, including us, why Google hasn’t responded with their own hardware with, if nothing else, their Google Now voice assistant inside.

If a Recode’s sources are correct then Google is indeed working on a hardware device, similar in form to the OnHub router, code-named “Chirp”. Unfortunately, it’s not expected to launch at Google IO as a physical product you can buy. However, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they will announce it, and its developer platform so that developers can commence the work of integrating their services into Google’s home voice assistant offering.

Unfortunately, for the international audience, there is a very good chance that the “Chirp”, or whatever it ends up being named, will be US only at launch, if not on an ongoing basis. You still can’t officially buy a Chromebook Pixel or an OnHub in Australia, or many other nations. In a world where the internet has made borders almost irrelevant, it is amazing the amount of geographic lock in that continues to this day.

We’re excited for a Google hardware entrant into the home voice assistant market, and even if it is region restricted it’s safe to assume more than a few of us will be importing one.

Are you excited by the Home voice Assistant concept? Let us know what you would want to see out of a Google-powered device.

Source: recode.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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