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 (opens in new tab), 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.
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 (opens in new tab) (£129, around AU$167), you need more than one to make a mesh. A trio of Google Wifi retails for $299 (opens in new tab) (about AU$389), and in the UK two units are sold for £229.
Google Home, meanwhile, costs (opens in new tab) (£129, around AU$170). The new Google Home 2 price could already be higher if it offers more features (such as and ), 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 is still only (opens in new tab) (£150, around AU$230).
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