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