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Google is giving the world the final details for Google Home, its new connected speaker and competitor to the Amazon Echo, at a big launch event in San Francisco.
While we got an early preview of Google Home in May, Google is demonstrating the device in public for the first time.
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Here's what you need to know about Google Home:
Google Home is a speaker with the new Google Assistant built inside. Think of Assistant as Google's answer to Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa.
It lets you listen to streaming music, search Google, and control connected appliances in your home.
There's a touch panel at the top to adjust the volume or trigger the Google Assistant. You can also activate it with your voice. It has special microphones that can understand you even in a noisy room or at a distance.
You can swap the base with different colors to match your decor.
Google says it has the best sound quality in this product category.
You can use the trigger phrase "OK Google" and tell it what song you want to listen to. You can use your voice to control volume or switch tracks.
It works with YouTube Music, one of Google's music subscription services. It'll also work with Spotify, Panorda, Google Play Music, and more.
If you don't remember the specific name of a song, you can use a general query and Google will know what you're talking about. For example, you can say, "Play that Shakira song from 'Zootopia'" and it'll know what you mean.
You can ask Home anything you'd normally ask Google. It uses Google's Knowledge Graph, which is designed to give you the direct answer to what you want. Home can remember your last query for followup questions too.
Home can also find locations near you and give you traffic updates when you want to know how long it'll take you to get there. All of the data comes from Google Maps.