Google Cloud console for home automation could be ready for prime time
Google is preparing to launch a home automation system called Google Cloud Console that will offer cloud-based home automation services, including remote control, as well as remote control of smart appliances.
Cloud Console will be part of the Google Home line of devices, which includes Google’s Echo and Google Home Mini, as the company gears up for its planned Google Home TV, Google Home Hub, Google Now, Google Assistant, and Google Assistant for Android, according to a blog post from the company.
Google Home will offer a “multi-channel cloud service,” which includes cloud computing, video conferencing, and voice and text messaging.
“Google Cloud Console is a complete replacement for your home control system, offering full integration with Google Home, Google Play Music, and more,” the blog post said.
Cloud console software for Google Home and Google Play music service will be available “in the next few months,” the company said.
“With this new hardware, you’ll have access to everything your home has to offer.
And, because it is completely separate from your existing hardware, it will also work seamlessly with any existing Google Home system, such as the Google Cast and Google Cast Speaker,” Google added.
Cloud consoles will run Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, Google said.
Google said the service is available in more than 100 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Google has been working on cloud console hardware for some time, and a Google hardware blog post in 2014 detailed how the company was working with companies to develop cloud consoles for their own home automation systems.
Google announced its cloud console plans in September 2016.
In the blog, Google’s Kevin Gallo said Google was looking to provide “the best experience possible for our users.”
Google is using hardware companies such as Samsung and LG to make the hardware, he said.
The hardware will be compatible with Google Play TV, a streaming service that is available to Android devices and Apple TV.
Google has not yet announced pricing or release dates for Google’s cloud console for consumers.
Google also announced its Cloud Console plans last week.
It includes a home control module that uses Google’s Cast and voice technology, which is part of Google’s voice assistant suite.
The Google Cast voice assistant will also allow remote control to smart appliances in the home, Google wrote.