Major Google Voice & Home Platform Upgrade Tipped
Google Home which is proving “extremely popular” in Australia is set to get a major update including the possibility of a new name.
Tomorrow Google will take to the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California for its annual I/O developer conference.
Among the announcements are set to be major upgrades to Googles Voice platform and Google Home.
In Australia, Google launched their voice technology ahead of Amazon and their line of Echo speakers, backed by heavy support of retailers the technology took off with several brands now incorporating Google Assistant technology into their devices.
In addition to the standard Google Home, the Google Home Mini, Google Home Max and Google Home Hub are now available at retailers.
The Google Home Hub comes with a 7-inch screen that allows the product to display contextual information and stream video, for instance, this product is seen as being too small compared to 10″ models from the likes of JBL and Lenovo.
Last month we reported that Google plans to rebrand its Google Home Hub to the Google Nest Hub.
Such a claim arrived shortly after Google leaked what appeared to be a forthcoming product dubbed the “Nest Hub Max” on its own connected home page.
Android Police was the first to spot the outing for the hardware that appeared to discuss some of its best features.
Overall, the hardware appeared to be a new, larger, smart display from the firm.
What is unclear is whether all models of the smart speaker will be rebranded.
What is tipped is the release of a 10″ screen device to take on Amazon and the Lenovo and JBL display devices.
Like the other Google voice display devices, the Google-branded device will have Duo video calling built in as well as a 10-inch HD screen and stereo speakers.
Google has already confirmed it will launch new hardware at I/O – in a financial call with analysts Ruth Porat, the chief financial officer for Alphabet Inc. said: “We are pleased with the ongoing momentum of Assistant-enabled Home devices, particularly the Home Hub and Mini devices and look forward to our May 7 announcement at [Google] I/O from our hardware team”.
It is assumed if the claimed Google Nest Hub Max is unveiled at Google I/O, such an announcement would go hand in hand with the suggested name change.