Google Home: Hands on with voice-activated speaker
4 October 2016 Last updated at 20:48 BST
Google has launched its voice-controlled speaker, Home.
Google has placed a virtual assistant at the heart of its latest smartphones and first voice-activated speaker.
The two Pixel handsets are the first mobiles to trigger Google Assistant by pressing their home buttons, somewhat like Apple’s Siri.
The Home speaker lets the same artificial intelligence tool be controlled without use of a touchscreen. It rivals Amazon’s Echo.
Google also unveiled new virtual reality kit and a 4K media streamer
The Assistant has two key advantages over rival systems:
- it can hold a conversation, in which one question or command builds on the last, rather than dealing with each request in isolation
- it draws on Google’s Knowledge Graph database, which links together information about more 70 billion facts, and has been in use for four years
However, the US company will have to overcome privacy concerns and convince users that chatting to a virtual assistant has advantages over using individual apps