Good news everyone! Google Home is finally coming to UK shores, with the Amazon Echo rival set to go on sale anytime between March and May 2017. Here is Google Home's introductory video for those out of the loop on what Google Home delivers:
The news, which comes courtesy of BBC tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, reveals that Google's Senior Vice President Rick Osterloh has confirmed that the device will start shipping in Q2 2017.
Google's Rick Osterloh tells BBC that Google Home is coming to UK in Q2, claims its AI skills and vast data will help it beat Amazon Echo pic.twitter.com/qs3oZabak0February 28, 2017
Google also got in the act after the reveal by Osterloh, tweeting the following:
We're in the Home stretch; Google Home is coming to the UK soon, stay tuned for more pic.twitter.com/P6uL0wqly9February 28, 2017
And, from what we can see here at T3 Towers, it is landing not a moment too soon. Amazon Echo, which we reviewed well back in December, as well as Amazon Echo Dot, have been out rather a while now and clearly begun to build up a solid early-adopter install base in the UK, with sales over the holiday season apparently seeing lots of units ship. The mainstream market in the UK is still untapped however, so if Google wants to make an impact it needs to do so pronto.
Despite the confirmation of Q2 for units arriving, no mention was made on price in the UK though. Right now Google Home costs $129 in the US, which works out at £103, however when you start looking at other cross-Atlantic pricing we're guessing the real retail price will be close to £129. That is still £20 cheaper at the time of writing than Amazon Echo, however a full £80 more expensive than Amazon Echo Dot.
Either way, if you've been hanging fire for Google Home, it looks like you won't have to wait much longer.