Google Home now available in the UK

Google’s answer to Amazon Echo – Google Home – is launching in the UK on 6th April.

The smart speaker, can be used to control smart devices in the home, like lighting, via brands including Nest, Phillips and Samsung SmartThings. It can also answer natural language questions by tapping into Google applications and its machine learning capabilities. It can also provide news updates, the weather, music, translations, and more.

It will cost British customers £129, £20 less than Amazon’s Echo, when it launches.

Google first launched the Home in the US in November, alongside the introduction of the Pixel phone and Google Assistant AI. Google Assistant is a voice-controlled digital assistant that runs on phones, Google Home and even smart TVs, and can provide context-aware assistance, knowing what sort of environment it’s in.

Since the initial launch, Google Assistant has gradually come to more Android phones, as well as Android Wear-based smartwatches. It is also integrated into Google Allo, one of the company’s plethora of chat apps. But the Google Home device is the only smart speaker to feature Google’s assistant.