Earlier this year at I/O 2016, Google showed off a new voice-activated smart home product called Google Home. Since then speculation has been swirling regarding what features would make it into the first version, how much the it will cost, and exactly what could sway customers away from the Amazon’s Echo.
This week, it looks like at least one of those questions seems to have been answered. A report from Android Police indicates Google’s big October 4th event will apparently also be where the company reveals more about its smart home assistant. Google Home will reportedly cost $129 USD, which is cheaper than the Echo, and there will also be a 4k compatible version of the Chromecast, called Chromecast Ultra, at $69 USD.
As for the functionality present in the first-generation Google Home, speculation indicates a super-powered version of Google Now, now known as Google Assistant, will play a significant role in the device. This voice-controlled assistant is also expected to be included in Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones that are set to debut on October 4th.
Source: Android Police