Chris Welch for The Verge:

Google executives have seen and heard all the positive buzz around Amazon’s Echo speaker, and now the company is said to be preparing a similar product for the home. The Information is reporting on a “secret Google project to create a competitor to Amazon’s echo,” though the story offers no details on the product’s features, nor potential pricing or any release timeframe. The nugget is part of a report that details a “stalled” and struggling Nest, the company that Google acquired in 2014.

It’s shocking to me, given the success Amazon has had with the Echo, that competitors like Apple and Google have taken so long to release something similar. Getting the Nest team onboard seems like a no-brainer.