The future of Google Home should depend on LaMDA rather than ambient computing

After 90 minutes focused on Google’s niche software advancements, Google I/O 2022 ended with a quick slate of Pixel hardware announcements that had the tech world buzzing. But beyond the hype, Google didn’t really give us much concrete information about them, except that they’ll work “Better together for you” and rely on Tensor and Assistant.

Some of my co-workers think that Google is finally creating an attractive ecosystem (opens in a new tab) with the interconnectivity of Apple technology without the “walled garden” inconvenience. A skeptical colleague believes the Pixel hardware is just a vanity project (opens in a new tab) that will lose money but will make people invest in Google software.

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