Google presents Home Assistant and new Wi-Fi router

Oct

5

2016

Google has given more details about his home assistant. The speaker speech recognition uses Google Assistant and can control devices in the home. Google also comes with a new Wi-Fi router, which multiple instances can be combined.

Google works with Google Assistant, the successor to Google Now, which is also found on the Pixel smartphones and integrated into the chat app Allo. Users can engage in conversation with the assistant, just as you can with Alexa from Amazon, Apple Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. For example, to ask questions, but other devices can be controlled at home.

There is integration with other Google devices, including the new Pixel smartphones Chromecast Ultra and equipment Nest. Even Google Home Philips Hue lights can control and there is support for the Samsung Smart Things platform. From December developers to create their own features for Google Assistant.

The device is 14cm tall and weighs about half a kilogram. A power of 1.8 meters is included. Google works with Android smartphones, but also with iOS. To use the home aide users should install the Google Home app on their smartphone or tablet.

During the developer conference, I / O 2016 in May showed Google are home speaker for the first time to the public. Was not yet clear when the device would appear on the market and at what price. In the US Google Home in November for $ 129, a delivery date and price for the Benelux has not been disclosed yet. The base containing the speaker comes in different colors on the market.

Google goes with Home compete with the Echo from Amazon. According to rumors, does Apple also a similar smart home device.

Along with Google Home introduces the search giant a new Wi-Fi router called Google WiFi. Multiple copies can be combined for mesh networking, the devices to be placed in different areas must everywhere produce a strong Wi-Fi signal. Google WiFi also get a pause function, which makes it possible to temporarily turn off the wireless network. Google’s WiFi management is through an app and Google seems particularly aiming for ease of use.

The white boxes are equipped with 2×2-AC1200 Wi-Fi modules, with support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz. There are two Gigabit Ethernet ports available. The router is an unspecified quad-soc with speed up to 710MHz per core. There is 512MB DDR3L memory present and 4GB EMMC flash memory.

When Google WiFi coming to the UK and at what price is not clear. In the US takes a single entry and $ 129 is a set of three Wi-Fi devices cost $ 299. From November, the system is available in the United States.

It’s not that Google does a router on the market for the first time. In 2015 launched the company in cooperation with TP-Link OnHub and in the same year came Google with Asus with a second OnHub router. As with the Pixel smartphones Google calls whom the hardware is no longer makt the new router is sold as its own hardware.

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