‘Google Home’ price and shipping date unveiled

‘Google Home’ price and shipping date unveiled

At its annual hardware event held in San Francisco on October 4, tech biggie Google revealed details about the pricing and shipping date of its forthcoming 'Google Home' voice-powered assistant.

Google Home - which was announced by Google at its I/O developer conference in spring this year - essentially marks the company's response to the Amazon Echo line of voice-powered devices.

In announcing the expected cost and shipping date of Google Home, Google said that the device will cost $129; and its shipping will begin with effect from November 4. Google also said that the device is now available for pre-order.

Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant, which is basically a much smarter and more conversational re-branded version of Google's voice-powered search and Google Now. The device has only two microphones - as against Amazon echo's seven microphones - which appeared to work quite well during its demonstration, in a rather noisy environment, at the October 4 event.

Google Home is a pretty study and heavy device, with its speaker positioned at the bottom of the unit, in an interchangeable cradle which connects to the Home with the help of two magnets. As of now, Google Home is capable of integrating with Spotify, Pandora, and other music apps; and soon the device will also apparently enable users to cast Netflix videos to any TV via a Chromecast attached to it.