Google Home 2 could be your next Wi-Fi router, too

In the ever-competitive smart speaker wars, Google may soon have a new entrant to take on the likes of Amazon Echo, giving you thorough in-home Wi-Fi coverage to boot.

The search giant is apparently pondering an updated Google Home that features "built-in mesh Wi-Fi networking", according to The Information, speaking to a person with knowledge of Google's plot.

Google Home 2, as we'll call it, would essentially be aping the core feature of the Google Wifi router, delivering a one-two punch of smart speaker assistant and in-home internet service in a single package.

This we can get behind: we liked Google Wifi for its simple set-up and capable coverage so much, we gave it an Editor's Choice rating in our review. And Google Home is no slouch; though it's still got a long way to go, it's already an impressive helper backed by Google Assistant that will only get better with time. 

Priced right?

However, a big question on the rumored device is how much one – or multiple – will cost.

Let us explain: while a single Wifi puck sells for $129 (£129, around AU$167), you need more than one to make a mesh. A trio of Google Wifi retails for $299 (about AU$389), and in the UK two units are sold for £229.

Google Wifi routers

Google Wifi routers

Google Home, meanwhile, costs $129 (£129, around AU$170). The new Google Home 2 price could already be higher if it offers more features (such as voice calling and multiple user support), and if you need more than one to create a Wi-Fi network, you could be forking over quite a bit.

Google is generally price conscious with its products, so an exorbitant amount isn't likely. Still, the price of more than one Google Home 2 could give users pause before purchasing, especially considering Amazon Echo is still only $179 (£150, around AU$230). 

If a Google Home 2 with Wi-Fi is in the works, chances are we'll see it at May's Google IO 2017 developer conference, with it going on sale soon after. 

Via 9to5Google

Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.