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Engadgets blog The search giant is reportedly planning to start selling its Google voice assistant.
While the company has been rumored to be working on a voice assistant that could compete with Apple’s Siri, the latest report suggests that it’s more likely Google is going to go with its own voice-enabled assistant.
The company reportedly plans to start using Google Voice for the first time at the end of the year, and its product could include voice search, the ability to play music and podcasts, and more.
The company’s previous voice assistant, Google Assistant, is a free service that comes with basic search functionality.
The new voice assistant would be more expensive, and we’d expect Google to offer a free version for those who want to use it, but it’s possible that Google will also offer the new voice-based assistant as an add-on for existing users of the Google Voice app.
Google Voice will still be available for $50-$100 per month for existing and new users.
However, Google is likely going to offer the free version of the voice assistant to existing users, while the $200-300 version will only be available to new users who purchase the new Google Voice service.
Google says that the new device will be available by the end, but a representative for the company wouldn’t provide further details about pricing.
The move will reportedly cost Google at least $1 billion in cash and stock.