Convergence on the way to Google Home

Sources “with knowledge of the project” indicate Google is working on a new version of Google Home that will come with built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and the ability to function as part of a mesh network. The move by Google appears to be an attempt to take on the Amazon Echo as a means to blanket a home with Wi-Fi and access to the Google Assistant AI technology.

According to a report on The Information, “They (Google) want to have complete coverage of Wi-Fi in the house. Alphabet’s goal is to get more devices in the home that do more. Coverage of Wi-Fi is a huge pain point.” This will apparently be pursued via the new product that combines two products released last year – Google Home and Google WiFi – into a single product. In addition to being able to then connect with each other to create a mesh network, at least one of the units to be available and possibly all of them will also be able to function as a router.

One thing that is unclear is whether the new hardware will work with non-Google networks or if this is a product intended to enhance Google Fiber customers’ experience. At this early stage there is no word on a potential price point, but it could be considerable given it is effectively combining two existing devices that would total $260 at current retail prices.

source: The Information

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.

  • Jack Smith

    Makes total sense.