Tomorrow (4 October) Google is holding a press event to launch some new products, including a new flagship smartphone (Google Pixel) and possibly the first hardware for its Daydream virtual-reality platform. But Variety has a good piece on another product we’re likely to hear about tomorrow: Google Home, the company’s direct rival for Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo speaker, with Google Assistant fulfilling the role of Alexa for that device. “Multiple leaks suggest that Google will sell the device for $130, which is $50 less than the price of an Amazon Echo,” reported Variety. “If anything, Google has shown with the success of its $35 Chromecast that these price differences can matter.” There is also speculation about the negotiations with home-audio companies using Google’s Cast technology to link with smartphones. “Google is said to have told home audio vendors that they won’t be allowed to add any other digital assistants than Google’s own to their hardware if they want to continue to use Google Cast,” claimed the report.

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