Google is planning to combine Google Home and Google WiFi in order to bring WiFi mesh networking to Google Home.
The Information is reporting that Google is planning “a version of its Google Home intelligent speaker with built-in mesh Wi-Fi networking” which would essentially mean that the Google WiFi pucks would be integrated into the Google Home speaker. If Google does this, they will allow users to created a mesh network right from their Google Home speaker giving them a strong WiFi signal throughout their homes. Currently, the two devices are completely separate and cost the same, $130. It would be nice for consumers if these devices were combined even if it raised the price of Google Home.
Google has been aggressively adding useful features to Google Home ever since it launched to compete with Amazon Echo. They recently opened up Google Assistant to a ton of home automation products and are rumored to be adding voice calling. The idea of combining Google WiFi and Google Home is genius in that it will lessen the burden on users to add several different home devices and add a major selling point when compared to Amazon Echo. It also differentiates Google Home from Google Assistant on your smartphone. Google Assistant on your smartphone can do pretty much everything Google Home can, minus the speaker. Adding WiFi functionality is a major feature that make purchasing the speaker much more appealing for Android users.