Google Home versus Amazon Echo
According to a recent report from the New York Times, Google
In terms of consumer technology, virtual agents powered by artificial intelligence are becoming the new norm. In Fall 2011, Apple
Both the Echo and Google Home have to plugged in, which improves audio quality. Despite its countless high-tech futures, some people are buying the Echo just for its speakers. Naturally, there are areas where Google Home might not compete with the Echo. For instance, when it comes to extensibility and compatibility with over devices and services, Google Home reveals shortcomings relative to the Echo.
Based on the progress of Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, it's clear that Google has let the competition "catch-up" in the virtual agent market. In addition, Staples
It's worth noting that Google flirted with the "digital agent" market when it purchased Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014. Nest produces tech-savvy home gadgets, like smart thermostats and wifi cameras, and operates as an independent Alphabet unit separate from Google. Google has yet to disclose whether or not Google Home will interact with Nest devices or contain Thread (Nest's wireless communication protocol).
Interestingly, some reports claim that Google made the decision to not include voice-control in the Nest thermostat, as doing so would raise suspicion that Google was listening in on people's private lives. The decision to not equip Nest products with voice-control might come from the same camp that decided to dump Boston Dynamics. In addition to not offering short-term profits, Boston Dynamics could have potentially tarnished the company's image by making people think Google is in the business of producing humanoid robots who will eventually take over the world. While these claims might be far-fetched, they help explain Google's decision to let their competition level the playing field in the virtual agent market.
Recent financial concerns
In light of this negative growth, both companies have spent time convincing investors that all is well. Apple continuously stresses to investors that its massive growth phase fueled by iPhone sales has NOT come to an end. And Alphabet has spent its time justifying costly investments. For instance, investors have been worried about Alphabet pouring money into business units that aren't profitable in the short-term. These business units include self-driving cars, finding a cure for cancer, and Boston Dynamics (a robot development division).