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Google Home to land in S. Korea

2018/09/11 16:49

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SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- Google Inc. said Tuesday that it will roll out artificial intelligence (AI) embedded smart speakers in South Korea next week in its latest move to tap into the burgeoning local high-tech appliance market.

The smart speakers -- the Google Home and its little sibling the Home Mini -- are based on Google's AI voice assistant, dubbed Google Assistant, and will hit local shelves Tuesday, the company said.

The voice-controlled smart speakers were first shown in the United States in 2016 and are currently competing with Amazon Inc.'s Eco.

Google said 500 million devices are now Assistant-compatible and are equipped with various new features, including ones created by independent developers.

Also, Google's speakers boast the ability to connect to over 5,000 IoT products from 225 firms across the world. In South Korea, the speaker can be linked to various home appliance products by LG Electronics Inc. and air purifiers by Coway Co.

The AI speaker has been updated and can interact with users in 16 languages, including Korean, Indonesian and Dutch, Google said.

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