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Rishi Chandra, Google group product manager, talks about Google Home during a product event, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Home, Google's new smart speaker, will be able to use voice to control Netflix and other video on Google's Chromecast streaming device. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Google is promoting its new Home smart speaker as a way to access Google's knowledge — hands free.

Home will be able to perform many of the same tasks as Echo, Amazon's internet-connected speaker. Both will use voice commands to play music, field questions and control home appliances — assuming you've installed "smart" versions of them.

If you're feeling creepy about a speaker listening to your conversations, Google says you can turn the microphone off.

Home will be available on Nov. 4 for about $130, with advance orders starting Tuesday. The cylinder-shaped Echo costs $180, though Amazon also sells a smaller version shaped like a hockey puck that sells for $50.

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