Google Home smart speaker revealed as IMAX comes to virtual reality

Google Home uses the company's Google Cast wireless multi-room technology, allowing it to connect to other Google Cast speakers and Chromecast products. LG, Philips and Sony are some of the brands already making Google Cast speakers, with the likes of B&O and Harman-Kardon also signed up.

The speaker makes use of the updated Google Assistant, which promises a “conversational” approach to your requests - from playing music on your speaker, to potentially adjusting your lights - much like the Alexa voice search found on Amazon’s Echo speaker.

The speaker itself is a small cyclindrical design, which looks likely to major on smart functionality rather than audio quality, though we'll happily reserve judgement until we hear it.

Due out later this year, Google Home, together with the voice assistant and the increasing number of Google Cast speakers, means Google has an increasingly thorough wireless multi-room speaker offering.

Also revealed at Google I/O was Daydream, the company's virtual-reality platform for Android phones and tablets. As well as a new headset, a step-up from Google Cardboard, Daydream promises to bring Google Play Movies, YouTube and even IMAX films to a “virtual reality theatre” using your portable device.

We also got our first look at Android N, the next Android mobile OS, which is due out later this year, as well as two new messaging apps: Allo, for messages with the Google assistant integrated, and Duo, a new video calling app.

Expect to hear more about Google Home and the Daydream VR platform later this year.

See all our wireless speaker reviews

Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).