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When it came to the future of broadband, Google didn’t stop at fiber.
Echo, its latest foray into the market, is designed to make sure it’s there.
Google said Monday that Echo would provide voice-controlled entertainment and navigation services in the form of voice commands.
The Echo app would be a central part of Google’s future plans for its new broadband infrastructure.
The Echo’s voice-control technology will work with devices like the Google Home, Google Assistant, the Pixel and other products.
It’s expected to be available in the first quarter of 2020.
Google’s Echo is a standalone device, and it’s not part of the Google Fiber network.
The company said it plans to release more devices to bring Echo’s technology to its Fiber network later this year.
The move to expand its Fiber infrastructure comes as other companies are looking to bring broadband to cities and other areas.
Verizon is testing its own fiber-optic cable network in Atlanta, and Comcast is testing a fiber-to-the-home network in Seattle.