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Google Home, search giant's Echo competitor, to debut at I/O, says Times

Google will announce a voice-activated home device on Wednesday, says The New York Times, and it's expected to hit the market in the third quarter.


The Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot.

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Google is set to enter the virtual-agent market with a voice-activated device to be announced at its annual Google I/O developers conference on Wednesday, according to a report from The New York Times.

Called Google Home, the device will compete directly with Amazon's Echo, a smart home assistant that responds to spoken commands to play music, order pizza or call an Uber, among other tasks, according to the report. Echo launched in 2014 and is estimated to have sold more than 3 million units.

The new Google product is expected to go on sale in the fall, according to the Times report.

Google I/O is scheduled to start Wednesday with a keynote presentation from Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai. You can follow CNET's coverage in real time via our live blog.

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