Google I/O announced its competitor to the Amazon Echo at the Google I/O 2016 developer conference in Mountain View, California. Google Home will run Google Assistant, the company’s improved version of their smartphone voice helper.
Similar to the Amazon Echo and Alexa, users are able to track packages, check the calendar and search the web. Though unlike Echo, Google’s always-on assistant lets users control their TV over Google Cast, the company’s plug-in device and localized wireless media platform.
Users can wake the Home device by saying “Hey, Google” or “Okay, Google.” They can also play music from Android or iOS devices through the Google Home speaker using the Google Cast app.