Alphabet to announce Google Home, an answer to Amazon Echo

Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Named Google Home, the device is a virtual agent that answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks. It is to be announced at Google’s annual developers’ conference in Silicon Valley. More from The New York Times: The Echo from Amazon brims with groundbreaking promiseAmazon proves infertile soil for unions, so far Cars’ voice-activated systems distract drivers, study finds Google Home will come to market in the fall — a long time away, given the speed of technology, but Google needed to plant a stake in the ground now. The device will compete with Amazon’s Echo, which was introduced less than two years ago. Amazon has…


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