According to The Australian Financial Review, Google Home, the smart music speaker that you command with your voice and can use to control devices around your house, is finally coming to Australia.
The speaker, Google's answer to the surprisingly successful Amazon Echo, will be available from Thursday, July 20, for $199.
The Australian version of Google Home has been designed to understand Australian accents, and will speak back to householders using an Australian accent, too.
Australia is just the fourth country where Google has released a localised version home, after launching it in the USA last October, followed by the UK and Canada.
The device, which is just 14 cms high (and much smaller than it tends to look in photographs), is based around Google's artificial intelligence engine, Google Assistant, which can answer spoken queries such as "OK Google, where is the nearest servo?", and which unlike Apple's Siri can follow the thread of a conversation, so users can ask followup questions such as "OK Google, how long would it take me to walk there?".
At launch, the Australian version of Google Home will support Stan, Netflix and YouTube on Chromecast-enabled televisions, meaning householders will be able to turn on their TVs and have them start playing movies and shows, all with their voice.
As many as six Google accounts can be programmed into each Google Play device, allowing householders to do things like check their calendar, just by barking commands like "OK Google, what do I have on today" across the room. Cricket, football (soccer) and AFL scores will also be read out by the tiny speaker on command.
Smart home devices such as the Philips Hue lighting system and Linksys's Wemo system are also supported, so householders will be able to turn lights and power points on and off with just their voice.
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