Google Home speaker coming to UK retailers in April

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
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From Digital Spy

Google's personal assistant hardware is arriving in the UK on April 6, the company has revealed.

Google Home is a "hands-free smart speaker" which debuted in the US last year. The device is the company's answer to the Amazon Echo, and provides similar functionality from within the Google ecosystem.

Home isn't just a traditional speaker, it can also be used to organise calendars, perform internet searches, and even control smart devices within its network like a Nest thermostat. These functions can all be accessed hands-free via the voice commands.

"Ask Google Home a question, and it will give you the answer by tapping into the power of Google Search, Maps, Translate and more," said Google in a blog post. "A combination of our natural language processing, machine learning and voice recognition expertise allow users to interact naturally with the Assistant on Google Home."

Home is powered by Google Assistant, the same cloud-based service available from the company's Pixel smartphone.

The system is designed to function much like a real-world assistant, allowing users to organise their calendars, make shopping lists and perform a variety of other tasks without having to divert their attention to the relevant apps or programs.

Google says it has "hidden a few British treats" in the device, so expect funny responses similar to those given by Siri on the iPhone.

Home will be available early next month at Argos, John Lewis, Dixons and Maplin at the price of £129.

In addition to Home, Google is also releasing its own Wi-Fi solution (creatively named Google Wifi) at the same time.

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"Google Wifi is a home Wi-Fi solution that works with your modem and Internet Provider, so you can stream, download and share without missing a beat," said Google. The mini-router will also be sold at £129 at the above retailers.

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