Thesmart speaker is now available for preorder in Canada, both through Google’s online store and via retailers such as Best Buy.
According to Google, the shipping wait for pre-orders will be about 2-3 weeks. It costs 180 Canadian dollars, which converts roughly to the $130 you’ll pay in the US.
This comes less than a month after Google I/O, where the tech titan announcedfor its alternative. Australia, France, Germany, and Japan were the other countries named in that announcement, though the Google Home doesn’t show up in those countries’ versions of the Google Store just yet. Previously, the Google Home was only available in the US and UK.
This northern exposure helps Google widen its footprint in the global connected home market. It also gets Google into Canada ahead of the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo, which is currently only available in the US, the UK, and Germany. I asked Amazon for an update on its plans to bring the Echo to Canada and beyond, and didn’t hear back immediately — I’ll update this post if and when that changes.
No word from Google on the timetable for its speaker’s arrival in Australia, Germany, and France, either — though the timely Canadian debut would appear to be a good sign.