Canadians are about to get their first taste of a smart home powered by Google. Because Google Home is now available to buy in Canada. This means Google is beating Amazon to the True North, with the online retailer still not considering Canada worthy of its Echo line of smart speakers.
Amazon launched the Echo in the U.S. in June 2015. Google followed Amazon’s lead by launching Home in November 2016. Amazon then focused on developing a whole line of devices, including the Echo Look and the Echo Show. But Google focused on launching its one and only smart home device in more countries around the world. Now, newly including Canada.
Google Home Comes to Canada
For the uninitiated, Google Home is Google’s own take on the smart home speaker. It sits in your house, ready to do your bidding when you issue voice instructions. Google Home can answer questions, inform you about the weather, play music from Spotify, and much more besides.
Canadians can now preorder Google’s smart home speaker from Google’s online store or Best Buy. Google itself is suggesting a vague release date of “2-3 weeks”. However, Best Buy suggests Google Home will arrive in Canadian stores on June 26. So we’ll assume that date is correct.
Google Home will set Canadian buyers back $179 CAD. Which puts it on a par with the U.S, price. If you preorder, Best Buy will throw in a Chromecast for free. However, Google Home will also be available from Bell, Indigo, London Drugs, Rogers, Telus, Staples, The Source, and Walmart.
Google Capitalizes on Amazon’s Laziness
Google is taking an aggressive approach to getting Home in as many homes as possible. So, as well as Canada, the company is launching its smart speaker in Australia, France, Germany, and Japan this summer. Thus capitalizing on Amazon’s lackadaisical launch speed with the Echo.
Do you already a Google Home speaker? Would you recommend it to our Canadian readers? If you’re Canadian, have you been hankering to buy Google Home? Or are you going to hold out for the Amazon Echo or the Apple HomePod? Please let us know in the comments below!