Confirming earlier reports, the NY Times says that Google will introduce a voice-controlled digital assistant device for the home tomorrow at its developer conference in San Francisco.
Part of Google s motivation here is that it sees a successful product that it believes it can improve upon and partly the move is defensive.
The Alexa assistant relies on relatively structured voice commands and is often stumped by queries where it doesn t have available data or question phasing is confusing.
While Amazon does have search technology A9 , it doesn t have Google s massive search index, Knowledge Graph, AI chops or its historical understanding of and ability to answer questions.
Google s search assets and structured data could enable it to build a broader set of capabilities into Home.
Virtual assistants offer the potential realization of the conversational search concept Google has been discussing and promoting for the past few years.