(Reuters) - Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc <GOOGL.O>, unveiled a new hardware device called Google Home at the company's annual conference on Wednesday.
The device, a portable speaker powered by the company's search engine, would offer competition to Amazon.com Inc's <AMZN.O> Echo.
The device will be launched later this year, Google said.
Amazon launched "Amazon Echo" in November 2014, a speaker one can leave on all day and give it voice directions, like Siri on an Apple iPhone.
(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)