Google-OnHubBack in March, we heard rumors that Google was considering launching a rival to Amazon’s Echo. Now according to a report from Recode, it seems that additional details have emerged, along with a possible debut date. According to their sources, the device has been given the codename “Chirp”.

In terms of design, Chirp is rumored to resemble the OnHub router, although as to what the final product will be called remains to be seen. As to when Google will take the wraps off the device, Recode’s sources have told them that it is unlikely that it will be launched in full at Google I/O next week, but Recode believes that maybe Google will tease it or at least give us a sneak peek.

However the current plan is for it to be released later this year. Details of the device are still scarce but if it is meant to rival Amazon’s Echo, then we can only imagine that Google will probably be integrating Google Now into the device, where just saying “OK Google” will activate it and allow you ask it to perform tasks for you.

So far Google Now has proven to be pretty handy on Android devices, so we can only imagine that it will be pretty handy as a standalone device. In any case Google has declined to comment, but hopefully we will still be able to get some information about the alleged device next week.

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