Google vice president Mario Queiroz holds up the new Google Home device during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Mountain View, Calif. Google unveiled its vision for phones, cars, virtual reality and more during its annual conference for software developers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Courtesy Google Google vice president Mario Queiroz holds up the new Google Home device during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Mountain View, Calif. Google unveiled its vision for phones, cars, virtual reality and more during its annual conference for software developers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Amazon's home automation device, Echo, has garnered a lot of press since its release but now there's a new, similar product on the horizon from competitor Google.

Of course, details are already being released about the new product, called Google Home, and Fortune's Leena Rao has the scoop.

In May, the Internet giant debuted Google Home, an Internet-connected device for the home, enabling users to search for information, ask for directions, and play music from this module. Google Home will eventually be able to turn lights on and off, control home thermostats, and retrieve personalized information, such as travel itineraries, from Gmail accounts.

According to a new report from technology news site The Information, Google Home is a “dressed up” version of the search engine’s popular streaming device, Chromecast.

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