If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then Google Home should make Amazon turn completely and utterly crimson with embarrassment.

Google Home, for those that missed Sundar Pichai's opening keynote at Google I/O, is a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house via a Wi-Fi-connected speaker.

All questions need to be prefaced by a keyword – OK, Google in this case – which causes the speaker to start listening.

During the opening keynote of Google's I/O Developer Conference, Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management at Google said, "Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that streams music directly from the cloud so you get the highest quality playback.

Google Cast

Let's focus for a minute on those last two words: Google Cast.

Any of the above might be the next big smart home device maker and, thanks to those pre-existing relationships, Google is primed to take advantage of whoever comes out on top.

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