Last Thursday, the search engine giant Google announced the launch of voice-activated shopping – a smart service that will make shopping more comfortable.
The service can be used from Google’s artificial intelligence powered Home Speaker. People who don’t have Google Home Speaker can make any purchase by visiting the Google Express website.
The voice-activated shopping comes as a direct challenge to Amazon’s Alexa devices like Amazon Echo – a smart speaker developed by Amazon. It acts as a virtual assistant and help accomplish a lot of tasks such as playing music, making to-do-list, settling alarms etc.
How Google’s voice-activated shopping will work
Any user can use this service simply by telling the Home Speaker to order items like paper towels, diapers, coffer, trash bags or anything, and get instant delivery from any of the participating merchants.
Explaining the benefits of using this newly launched service, David Wang, the Assistant Product Manager of Google said “If picking up paper towels or stocking up on coffee is on your list, consider it done”. He also added “To help you keep up with your busy schedule and shop for the things you need, we’re introducing shopping with your Google Assistant on Google Home.”
To activate voice-activated shopping, first, consumers need to add a payment method in the Google Home application. Google will not charge any service charges until the end of April, 2017 when consumers order things from Google Home.
Currently, Google ties up with its delivery Google Express and its US retailers including Whole Foods Market, Costco Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond and PetSmart to popularise this service.