It has the Google Assistant built-in, so you are able to ask it the usual questions you've been able to ask Google for quite some time.
Although there are certainly a lot of benefits to moving toward audio-based digital interaction through assistive software like Siri, Google Home, or Alexa, companies are still looking at how they can derive advertising revenue through it.
The incident occurred on Thursday last week when scores of the $130 device started playing what appeared to be an audio commercial related to Disney's newest foray into the live-action fairy tale market, Beauty and the Beast. Until an ad pops up on someone's Google Home device, anyway. Although Google denies it, its recent Beauty and the Beast mention does suggest it's trialling a new method of income generation on these sorts of audio platforms. "For some more movie fun, ask me to tell you something about Belle".
"Never before have we witnessed a technology giant destroy a product with such precision-engineered idiocy", sneered the article below the headline. Not the biggest discount, but it's one of the very few we've seen on the Google Home.
The Google spokesperson stated that it was just "timely content" rather than an ad.
"This wasn't meant to be an ad", said a spokeswoman. This was incorporated by the company as part of the My Day feature, which offers users helpful tips and information about the day. "We're continuing to experiment with new ways to surface unique content for users and we could have done better in this case", Google's statement reads.
The company's comments didn't sit well with David Heinemeier Hansson, a Danish programmer who created the Ruby on Rails web development framework.
Roemmele, in fact, essentially predicted the vitriol that greeted Google's Disney experiment. "Google's primary business model is predicated on advertising".
"For Amazon its about transactional revenue where a voice assistant like Echo can help drive sales". But now you can also use the Google Assistant to control your smart home. Unfortunately, if what seems like an ad discovered today on the device is any indication, the magic may very quickly fade as your personal assistant takes detours from your daily calendar to promote products.
"It is early days and testing is a good thing and much to Google's credit they have stopped the test because of the outrage".