While the New York Times may have stolen some of the thunder yesterday, Google’s answer to Amazon’s smart speakers is now official. Announced at Google I/O, Home is the company’s answer to the online retailer’s Echo line that allows you to get a hand from Alexa with a range of different tasks. This version has a virtual assistant too, software that helps with tasks around the house, like adjusting that Nest thermostat, with help from Google’s own virtual assistant.

Back in March, Google-owned Nest confirmed that it scrapped plans for a virtual assistant over privacy concerns. Later that month, reports began to surface that the parent company was working on its own device, with the other rumblings pegging this week’s annual developer conference as the site of its debut.


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