Google’s smart speakers aren’t a big hit with Canadians
The Google-owned smart speaker Google is rolling out to its more than 200 million customers will soon have a big competitor: the Apple CarPlay smart speaker.
The two devices will soon be available in Canada and the U.S. Google announced today that its CarPlay device, with its two-way wireless audio, will be available across the country starting with the Canadian market, which will be rolled out this spring.
It is the second major new car speaker Google has unveiled since the company acquired speaker maker Beats Electronics for $3.4 billion in August 2016.
In that same year, it also announced its plans to build a $20 billion data center in China and announced plans to open a new factory in India.
The CarPlay platform, launched last year, has a much larger user base than Google’s own Android-based Android Auto car-sharing service, but has not been widely embraced by consumers.
The company has said it is working on an Android Auto replacement for the U: Car-sharing platform.
It also is making a big push into the car-driving space with Google Maps, its own virtual driving assistant, and Google Now, its self-driving-vehicle service.
The Google Car-share service launched in January 2018 with about 400,000 users in the U-S.
and about 100,000 in Canada, according to Google.
The U-sport team is the only team that is based in the country.
The service lets users share a car and have it chauffeured by a driver in real time.
The service can also be used for free with a Google Wallet card.
The company also announced it will launch an app for iPhones and Android phones that will allow users to order cars from its dealer network.
Google’s Car-Share service has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times on Google Play.