The Google Home connected speaker that was first revealed a month ago is now widely available for purchase in the U.S. While the speaker has been available for pre-order at the Google Store site for a few weeks, you can get it for immediate shipping right now from the site. Google says should be able to walk in various brick-and-mortar retail store locations in the U.S., including Walmart, Target and Best Buy, and purchase Google Home for $129, and of course you can also get the speaker from those retailer’s sites as well.
The new speaker uses the Google Assistant AI digital companion to give owners information to spoken questions like “What is the weather today?” or “Who won the World Series in 2016″(Congrats, Cubs) when you say, “Okay, Google.” The speaker is clearly meant to be a competitor to Amazon’s lineup of hardware devices, such as the Echo speakers, that use its own Alexa assistant. Amazon also clearly sees Google Home as a competitor, which is why it is not among the retailers selling it.
One thing we will mention is that purchasing the Google Home speaker from the Google Store will also let users get six free months of service to YouTube Red, the company’s ad-free version of its video service. It also offers features such as background playing and offline access to YouTube videos, along with a number of exclusive shows not available to non-subscribers. The service costs $9.99 a month, which means you are getting close to a $60 freebie with the purchase of the speaker. This special promotion ends on Dec. 31.
Are you planning to buy the Google Home speaker, and what do you imagine you will be asking it on a daily basis? Do you think it will be able to compete with Amazon’s Echo lineup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.