The Amazon Echo has sold pretty well. My dad even wanted one. Now he doesn't really use it for anything, but it is in the kitchen. Personally, I like to say "Alexa, set an alarm for 3 A.M." every time I'm over. But he thought it was cool technology.
Google had a big announcement this week. In it, they launched phones which are too expensive, a new version of Chromecast, wireless APs which don't work with their router they launched last year, a new Google Cardboard setup made out of fabric so it becomes a wet sponge strapped to your face, and an air freshener you can talk to.
The last is the Amazon Echo competitor. At least the price seems good and competitive to the Echo. But do people care?
I noticed this on The Verge's YouTube page. People care about the phone a heck of a lot more than the other stuff, if views are any comparison. I think its apt since the people who will likely know this device exists and would consider purchasing are probably the same ones looking at these videos.
And this 5+-to-one ratio is backed up by Android Authority and others. Worse, the Home isn't covered by many other channels.
We will see. I'm not sure it will take off, especially since I have no idea how it will work in a multi-tenant environment. If you live alone, it could be useful, but if you have roommates or a family, I don't know how that data will be presented; the system must know who is talking and support linking to multiple accounts. Another definition of multi-tenant also must be addressed because you don't want all your phones to go off from the "OK Google" when you're talking to your air freshener.