Rishi Chandra: Now you know why I was training with that Bollywood dance class. It’s really easy. We think you’re going to love using this. We also support voice casting to your speakers. So if you already have a high-end audio system, just plug in a $35 Chromecast Audio and Google Home will be able to voice control your speaker system without any wires or cables. And all of these features will also work with any Google Cast-enabled TV like Android TVs or Google Cast enabled speakers from our OEM partners. So your options will only expand over time. Once you see how easy it is to use Google Home, we think you’re going to want to put one in every room in your house. So we made sure to design Google Home so they can work better, together. For example, we have enabled multi-room audio support across Google Home devices. This allows you to play group or create a group and play the same song across the devices at the exact same time. So now you can fill your entire house with great amazing audio. You can even add a Chromecast Audio or Cast speakers to the group.
We also need to be smarter about how we respond if you have multiple Google Homes in your house. You don’t want all of the devices speaking responding to you at exact same time. So we designed the Google Assistant to be context aware, only the device that hears you best will respond. It will even respond intelligently across your Android devices and your Google Home devices. So that you don’t have to worry about it. Just ask your question and the right device will respond.
So that’s a quick summary of Google Home — an amazingly Wi-Fi speaker with the Google Assistant built right in. And as the Assistant gets continuously better, so does Google Home.
Now let’s talk pricing and availability. Google Home is going to be available for $129. And to make sure you have a chance to experience Google Home at its full potential, we will be offering a free six-month trial of YouTube Red. So you can get access to YouTube Music, Google Play Music, and ads free YouTube. Google Home will be available for pre-order starting today in the US from Google Store, BestBuy, Walmart, and Target. We will be shipping and available in retail stores on November 4.
For those customizable bases, we have six really exciting options to choose from: Our vibrant fabric bases come in 3 incredibly fun colors — Mango, Marine, and Violet. Our sleek metal bases come in Carbon, Snow and Copper. We can’t wait for you to try them out.
Next up is Scott Huffman who is going to talk to you about how partners can integrate with the Google Assistant. Before that, I want to debut new our Google Home spot. Enjoy!
Scott Huffman – Engineering Director at Google
Hi everyone. I’m Scott Huffman. And I lead Engineering for the Google Assistant. Today you’ve heard how the Google Assistant lets you have a conversation with Google. It helps you get things done across all the devices and contexts in your life.
Google has always been about helping people, and people come to Google many times a day when they need assistance. From checking the weather to researching medical information, people come to Google for help with every imaginable task. So really, the Google Assistant is a continuation of the company’s focus on helping users. It’s what we’ve always been about, and it’s what people everywhere know us for.
But to do this really well, the Assistant needs to work with many partners, across many kinds of devices and contexts. Going back to Google’s earliest days, we’ve always worked hard to create healthy, open platforms. Search, of course, is the first example. Building on top of the web, Search helps users find great content and it helps publishers find their audience. We’ve also built vibrant platforms in the Ads space, in Maps, for Android and Play, YouTube and many other areas. These open platforms are useful for people everywhere and they provide a lot of value for partners. The Google Assistant will be our next thriving, open ecosystem.
Of course, many of Google’s existing partners will automatically be able to engage people through the Assistant. Right out of the gate, the Assistant will be able to find information about local businesses, surface great content from YouTube creators, and recommend web content from publishers. It can even offer help in the form of snippets from trusted websites with clear attribution, and deep links into the apps I have on my phone, like you saw in Brian’s demo of the Google Assistant on Pixel.
So think about that for a moment. On day one, the Google Assistant can bring users together with partners that can help them. But in many cases, I’m not just looking for information. I know what I want to get done, and I just want my Assistant to do it for me. Today I want to give you a sneak peek at the open developer platform that will let anyone build for the Google Assistant, and we’re planning to launch this in early December.
Actions on Google will let many kinds of partners complete tasks for users through the Google Assistant. And there will be two kinds of actions: Direct Actions and Conversation Actions. Sometimes a person’s request is so straightforward that the Assistant can just trigger the right partner action instantly. We call these Direct Actions and you saw some of these with Google Home earlier.
Direct Actions are great for things like home automation, media requests, and communications. When I say “Turn on the living room lights”, the Philips Hue or SmartThings lights should just come right on. When I say “Play my dinner party playlist on Spotify,” music should fill the room. Direct Actions expand on how partners have already created Voice Actions for Android.
But some things that I want to do take a little more discussion. Even something as simple as booking an Uber takes some back and forth. Conversation Actions will be for these kinds of tasks. When I say “I need an Uber,” my Assistant will be able to bring Uber right into the conversation. Then Uber could say, “Where would you like to go?” and I can respond with my destination. Then Uber might ask, “Would you like an UberX again?” and maybe I’ll say well this time we need an UberXL. Once the ride is confirmed, Uber can say, “Your driver is Betsy, and she’ll arrive in 3 minutes in a black Chevy Suburban.” We want to make it really easy so everyone, developers to local businesses can create these kinds of conversations.
Partners will be able to just tell us what kinds of requests they can handle from ordering groceries to playing a game to anything in between and then build out their conversational experiences. Now thousands of experts and novice developers have already built conversational interactions with API.AI and these can become Conversational Actions for the Google Assistant, and we’ll support other conversation-building tools as well.
The real beauty of actions on Google is how they’ll scale. Farther into the future, they’ll work in purely voice-enabled experiences, on text-based experiences, and on hybrid interfaces. This will let partners reach people through the Google Assistant everywhere. Now of course, actions aren’t very useful unless they’re easy for users to find. People shouldn’t need to pre-enable skills or install new apps. We think this is an important dimension. Just ask the Google Assistant for what you want, and Google will find the right kind of help for you.
We’ve been hard at work with many developers, publishers and businesses that have helped us refine actions on Google. So the partners shown behind me — across areas like home automation, music and entertainment, news, transportation and many other categories — are building things for the Google Assistant. I’m really excited to share more about Actions on Google in December. But in the meantime, you can visit developers.google.com/actions to learn more or to sign up for news and updates.
Now, as we’ve been developing the Google Assistant, we’ve been asked by many device makers if they can incorporate the Google Assistant into their products. We imagine a future where the Assistant will be ready to help in any context from any kind of devices. So to make this a reality, we’re developing the Embedded Google Assistant SDK. So whether you’re tinkering with a Raspberry Pi in your basement or building a mass market consumer device, you’ll be able to integrate the Google Assistant right into what you make. This SDK will launch next year, but we’re already working to put the foundations in place. So I will have more to share on this in a few months.
Today marks an important moment for Google, it’s an inflection point created by incredible advances in machine learning, the power of the Knowledge Graph, our diverse ecosystems, and the magic that’s possible when the best software meets the best hardware. With that, let me invite Rick back to the stage.
Rick Osterloh – SVP, Hardware Group
Thanks, Scott. As you just heard, the Assistant will continue to get better over time. And as you saw today, the phone and Google Home are the first two devices that showcase the Google Assistant. We’re deeply committed to building hardware that brings this vision to life. This is only the beginning. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say about our newest devices. And if you want to know more, you can check it all out at our website, here
And with that, I’d like to say thank you and good bye to everyone joining us on the live stream.