Google Home users can now order day to day essentials including consumables like shampoo and groceries from Google's Express partners.
On Thursday, Google brought their flagship device- Google Home a step closer to its competitor Amazon Echo, by adding a shopping functionality to Google Assistant- the AI powering the device. You will, of course, need to make sure you have a default payment method setup first, which you can find in Settings in the Google Home app.
The service ties in with tech giant's delivery arm Google Express, whose United States retailers include Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart, Bed Bath & Beyond. To help you keep up with your busy schedule and shop for the things you need, we're introducing shopping with your Google Assistant on Google Home. As Google Home and Amazon's Echo speakers are now being considered direct rivals, this new addition means there is a little less to differentiate between the products by both companies.
It's as simple as saying, "OK Google, order paper towels" or "OK Google, order multi-vitamins".
Google says that this is just the beginning of what is possible for shopping with Google Assistant and that over coming months it will continue to add features and enable purchases for other apps and services. Starting now until the 30th of April 2017, users will not be charged any service or membership fees.