Google Home to launch in Australia

Google Home to launch in Australia - 18th July 2017

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Google is preparing to launch its voice-controlled smart speaker in Australia this Thursday, the tech giant has announced.

The 'Google Home' device is a small speaker controlled by using the phrase 'OK Google', which will utilise Google Search as well as the maps and translation functions to answer questions and provide information and news.

Suveer Kothari, Google's Vice President of Hardware, said: 'A really useful assistant takes context into account, like using your location to give you accurate weather readings.

'But you are always firmly in control. We're sensitive to privacy and give users the choice of whether to make personal data accessible on Google Home.

'Our goal is to create a helpful assistant that is welcome in your home. We may not be perfect at the start, but we'll continue to add new features and get better over time.'

The Google Home speaker can be used to play music and also uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand context and answer follow-up questions.

SKY NEWS podcasts and news bulletins will be available on the device, as well as audio content from other local media partners including The Australian, Fox Sports and ABC News.

The device, which will retail for $199 at major retailers, will be available in a range of colours and can also be used to control other 'smart home' products such as light bulbs, air conditioners and TVs.