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, 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 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 an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Jack Smith

    Makes total sense.