Google Pixel phones and Home speaker take on Siri and Echo

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 - 12:02

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Google has placed a virtual assistant at the heart of its latest smart-phones and first voice-activated speaker.

The two Pixel handsets are the first mobiles to trigger Google Assistant by pressing their home buttons, somewhat like Apple's Siri.

The Home speaker lets the same artificial intelligence tool be controlled without use of a touch-screen. It rivals Amazon's Echo.