Remember last week, when Amazon added "calling capabilities" into its Echo smart speaker?

Yeah...that was cute.

At the keynote of its Google I/O developers' conference Wednesday, Google announced a handful of updates to its Google Home smart speaker -- and these are no incremental improvements. The updates collectively transform the device from a sometimes-useful novelty into a powerful productivity tool -- one that holds practical appeal for both the home and the workplace, and one that makes Amazon's little gizmo look like child's play.

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