I’D BE LYING if I said unplugging my Amazon Echo didn’t feel a bit like a breakup. “Alexa,” I whispered while pulling the plug, “it’s just for now.” But it wasn’t Alexa, it was me. More specifically, it was someone else. I needed the space for Google Home.
The $129 Home smart speaker plays a vital role in Google’s futuristic vision of “a Google for everyone,” powered by its omnipresent Assistant. Virtually nothing about it is new; it’s like some Googler bought an Echo and wondered if, uh, maybe Google should make one, too. (I mean, the product development timeline does allow for this.)
It’s not a knock-off, though. Google aspires to another level of power, personalization, and accuracy—not to mention a cuter package than the goth tennis ball can Amazon designed. I like Home.
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