Google’s virtual home assistant to challenge Amazon Echo

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Google on Wednesday (May 18) unveiled a virtual home assistant device that will challenge Amazon Echo as the Internet giant laid out a future rich with artificial intelligence. Google Home, about the size of a stout vase, will hit the market later this year, vice president of product management Mario Queiroz promised at the opening of the Internet giant’s annual developers conference in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. Home devices will incorporate new Google virtual assistant software introduced by chief executive Sundar Pichai. “Our ability to do conversational understanding is far ahead of what other virtual assistants can do,” Pichai told a packed audience at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, a venue known more for concerts than for gatherings of developers. We are an order of magnitude ahead…


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