Code-named ‘Chirp’, Google’s upcoming hardware appliance will integrate the company’s search and voice assistant technologies akin to the Amazon Echo, and is landing soon, Re/code reported yesterday.
The rumored device should resemble Google’s OnHub wireless router, according to several sources.
If the increasing popularity of Amazon’s integrated wireless speaker and voice command device is an indication—it’s estimated they sold three million Echo units to date—Google’s rumored accessory could prove popular with users, especially given Google’s expertise in voice and search.
“Sources said the device is unlikely to launch next week at Google’s I/O developer conference, but plans are for it to land at some point this year,” as per Re/code.
Back in March, The Information said that Google’s Nest team was working on a competing version of Amazon’s Echo.
Google is holding its annual developers conference next week, with advances in its search and voice technologies likely to take the center stage at the event so I’m hoping they’ll give us some sort of a sneak peek at that ‘Chirp’ device after all.
“Okay, Google,” your turn.
Image: The original edition of the Amazon Echo