Google Plots Home Invasion

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company’s annual I/O developers conference on Wednesday with a keynote address that included previews of a batch of new products. Among those showcased were Google Assistant, a tool that can understand and respond to complex questions in real time; and Home, Google’s highly anticipated response to Amazon’s Echo speaker. Google VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz, pictured above, took the stage to demonstrate some of Home’s capabilities. “What makes Google Home really shine is that it has Search built in,” he said. Google officials took a big step toward answering one of the chief complaints of the company’s critics — that for all of the years it has dominated the Web with search technology, it has fallen behind in translating that success into…


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