Google Pixel phones and Home speaker take on Siri and Echo
Google has placed a virtual assistant at the heart of its latest smartphones and first voice-activated speaker.
The two Pixel handsets are the first mobiles to trigger Google Assistant by pressing their home buttons, somewhat like Apple's Siri.
The Home speaker lets the same artificial intelligence tool be controlled without use of a touchscreen. It rivals Amazon's Echo.
Google also unveiled new virtual reality kit and a 4K media streamer.
The Assistant has two key advantages over rival systems:
it can hold a conversation, in which one question or command builds on the last, rather than... read more
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