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Your next Google Home could double as a Wi-Fi router

Wouldn't it be great to have Google Home connect to an already existing mesh network? According to The Information (opens in new tab), this sort of thing is just on the horizon.

Google is reportedly working on a two-in-one device that combines the helpful Assistant features of Google Home with the Wi-Fi mesh routing capabilities of Google Wifi. The existence of such a thing would not only cut down on the number of devices you have in any given room, but it'll offer a one-up on the Amazon Echo, which does not currently offer a built-in Wi-Fi router.

There's no mention of a launch date or a price point for the Google Frankenstein, but we're excited to think of the prospects. Perhaps we'll learn more at Google's annual developer conference.

Florence Ion was formerly an editor and columnist at Android Central. She writes about Android-powered devices of all types and explores their usefulness in her everyday life. You can follow her on Twitter or watch her Tuesday nights on All About Android.

  • I could get another Home if this is true and not feel bad.
  • This makes lots of sense especially when paired with mesh networking.
  • First thing my wife asked was why our Google home wasn't also a WiFi extended spot as well.
  • I doubt if this addition will make Google Home more competitive with the Echo. The Echo/Alexa has a huge head start.
  • Will there still be one without the Wifi? I just don't want Google's mesh
  • Probably as a cheaper option. I don't see why not.
  • You want it
  • Google is not the only player in consumer mesh networks... If he has already invested in something else or lives in a small apartment why would he want it?
  • Because he wants it
  • Yeah he does
  • Because he REALLY wants it
  • This sounds great... But give me multi-account support!!!!
  • Next? Still can't get the first here in Canada lol
  • There's an article somewhere, I think Forbes, saying that amazon search is on its way to overtaking google. That is one colossal statement
  • Not completely accurate. Amazon is passing Google(I think they might have already passed them) on shopping related searches i.e. product info and pricing
  • How convenient. Not only does it listen for voice commands but it also filters and sends all of your data back to the mothership. Not fooling me, Google.
  • Then don't bother logging onto the internet...Duh!
  • Lol. Now that's a tad unrealistic. But, it don't mean I'm going to make their job easier. 😉
  • But will that one be able to create reminders?
  • Leaving off Bluetooth again would be really stupid. Limits popularity and I still don't understand Google's decision not to include it, is it a data collection thing?
  • Can you say no privacy google sells your info and you just eat it up.
  • Who do you think they sell your data to?
  • Does it triple as an air freshener?
  • What is a mesh network, and why would I want a WiFi router in the GH? Wouldn't that require an Ethernet cable from my modem to the GH?
  • Mesh networks are like Wifi range extenders, except they're typically smarter, easier to set up, and get you better bandwidth. Putting it in the GH means one less device running in your house. If you're in a small apartment, probably makes no difference. You wouldn't need to connect it with Ethernet, but you'd need something running back at the modem for the GH to connect to.