One year after Google Home was unveiled, the tech giant may release a smaller version of the smart speaker later this year, competing head-to-head with Amazon’s Echo Dot.
Google, according to a report by Android Police, is planning to introduce a miniaturized version of Google Home at the Pixel hardware event this October. Google Home was unveiled at the hardware event of last year.
Google’s new smart speaker will perform the same tasks that can be done by Amazon’s Echo Dot, including voice control to play music or adjust smart gadgets. It will cost less than Google Home’s price tag of US$129. Amazon sells its Echo Dot for only US$49.
The news originated from Android Police and has not yet been confirmed by Google. The detailed agenda of the annual hardware event is also not available as of now.
Another story published by 9to5Google says that a new APK teardown of the Google app indicates the company is preparing to launch a headphone powered by Google Assistant. In other words, by talking into the headphones, users will be able to call out the virtual assistant and interact with it, asking questions, playing music or adjusting smart home devices.
Google, without surprise, holds its hardware event every October where it announces devices including smartphone, laptop and new concept gadgets.
According to Android Police, the company plans to release a high-end Chromebook in order to compete with Apple’s MacBook and Microsoft’s Surface Pro. With a lower price tag, Chromebook currently targets the low-end market. Google hasn’t refreshed its laptop line for two years.