For that, Google's solution was a product announced a year ago, with Google Home, a small speaker that also features a microphone and is WiFi connected, talking to the internet by way of your Google account and letting you ask it questions. It can do that.
Folks with Chromecast-enabled gadgets will likely see the uses already, since the connection to specific devices will make it possible to talk to the Google Home Assistant and tell it to do things to those gadgets in the beginning.
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Starting July 20, Aussies can enjoy Google Home, our voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Google Home can do that, too.
Smart home devices such as the Philips Hue lighting system and Linksys's Wemo system are also supported, so householders will be able to turn lights and power points on and off with just their voice.
"We spent a lot of time making sure it understands Aussie accents, understands Aussie words like servo (service station), brekky (breakfast), and also put an Aussie personality in many aspects of the product", Shah added.
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"Why not try asking your Assistant on Google Home 'Are you going to Bonnie Doon?'" And given the price of the Google Home speaker, that's not inconceivable, arriving in Australia from July 20 for a recommended retail price of $199, complete with a six month subscription of YouTube Red.
Australians will also soon have access to "seamless internet coverage for homes of any shape or size" according to the company thanks to the mesh Wi-Fi technology in Google Wifi.
Its pint-sized partner in the Google eco-system is Google WiFi, which sets up an inter-connected wireless "mesh" between each of the puck-shaped modules to blanket your office or home with a strong steady WiFi signal.
Alongside the launch of the Google smart speaker will be the Australian launch of Google Wifi, the company's mesh Wi-Fi network product, which is created to cover your entire home with super-fast, reliable Wi-Fi, capable of handling the demands of 4K video streams in a simple, minimal design. Google Australia have announced today that it'll be available in 2 just days from their online Google Store, or at retailers, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Telstra, Optus and even the Qantas Store. A three-pack of the search-giant's mesh networking devices can be had for $499 AUS, saving you a hundred Australian dollars.
Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports per access point.