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The next-gen Google Home will do something Amazon’s Echo can’t

Google Home 2 Release Date and Features

Google is already working on a Google Home 2 product for later this year, and the device is expected to offer users an extra feature that its biggest rival, the Amazon Echo, can’t deliver.

When it comes to voice-based virtual assistants for the home, Amazon still seems to be the leader, but now Google is looking to catch up. One way to make the Home 2 a device more compelling than Amazon’s Echo is to add extra functionality. According to The Information, that extra feature seems to be Wi-Fi.

The next-gen Home speaker will also double as a Wi-Fi router, the report explains. If you already have a great router handling your wireless internet, you can still use the Home 2 to extend that coverage to areas of the house where you get a weaker signal.

Interestingly, Google Assistant functionality was initially planned for the Google WiFi, Google’s router that was released alongside the first-gen Google Home last year. Google wanted to equip the WiFi routers with a microphone and a speaker that would have allowed users to interact with the Assistant. Google canceled those plans, but a Google WiFi upgrade may be in the cards for this year.

The report doesn’t mention price details or a launch date for either product. It’ll be interesting to see whether Google can ship a Home 2 device with Wi-Fi that won’t be significantly more expensive than its main rival.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.