But the real story here is that the search giant is quietly dropping its Google Now brand as well.
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Google Home can answer questions, trigger entertainment experiences, and control smart home devices. But I'm more interested in Google's embrace of the various screens we all have around the home.
When Google announced its Home appliance a year ago, I figure it would quickly evolve into the most powerful and useful solution of its kind, thanks to the firm's deep search engine and machine learning expertise.
A year ago, Google announced its Assistant and the Assistant-powered Home appliance. This year, both products are being significantly upgraded.
Google this week introduced a new set of Google Lens technologies that can visually identify objects in the real world.
During his Build 2017 keynote address, Microsoft's Terry Myerson referred to Mixed Reality as "the next wave" of computing. But I think ambient computing is a much bigger deal.
Google announced today that its Googe Home digital personal assistant appliance now supports multiple users, answering one of my key complaints. I believe it is the first such device to offer this support.
Google just announced that it will bring Google Assistant to Android 6.0 and 7.0 handsets starting this week.
Google announced that it will bring its Google Assistant to Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and more in the coming months.
The Google Home I ordered is heading my way. But in looking at the first reviews of the device, I can see that this it has one fatal flaw. And it's a big one.
On Wednesday, Google broadcast the day one keynote for its 10th annual I/O conference, with most of the announcements pertaining to products and services that won't ship for many months. The biggest was for a product called Google Home, which brings its conversational digital personal assistant technologies to your home for the first time.