Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that keeps you informed about your home in general. Needless to say, it works as a smart home control centre for your gadgets and chromecast video or audio streamers. Works with all entertainment media and manages your everyday tasks while providing info on anything you desire.
You can use it to playback entertainment throughout your entire home, effortlessly manage everyday tasks, and ask Google things you want and need to know. It pulls info from your Google account which means you stay informed about your appointments and/or receive traffic updates before leaving to your destination. It’s a smart device that learns from you, records all your previous enquiries to better assist you in future.
The Home is a better personal assistant opposed to the Amazon Echo which is its rival in the market today and also cost less than the Echo. It has the capability to tell voices apart and give bespoke responses to every family member. It goes for $130/£130 while Echo is $180
Things to know about Google Home
The Google Home is on sale in the US and the UK, /£130 and offers six months of YouTube Red free when purchased. Has a premium service for $10 per month for, the price for the Google Home converts to AU$175 and will be available in Australia soon.
It also has huge potential to expand all the way to Japan, France, Canada, and Germany. Has expanding support for Brazilian, French, Portuguese, German, and Japanese with Italian, Korean and Spanish under development.
The design is slick, clean and excellent with a base snap that allows for color customization. It has a sensitive top that responds well to touch and finger gestures to increase and reduce volume. When you tap on it, you can start or stop the music you’re playing, or long-press it to say a command without saying the usual “OK, Google” words.
Other things Google Home can do for you:
- Set an alarm
- Set reminders
- Snooze that alarm
- Play a customized briefing for traffic and weather daily
- Create lists other than a shopping list
- News briefing on apps you search the web with
- Set a timer
- Play the news
- Add items to your shopping list
- Answer a question involving a quick Google search
- Perform a calculation
- Send directions to your phone
- Call an Uber
- Remove items or change your shopping list, etc.
Google Home on Mobile Devices
The Google Home app can be downloaded for use on both iOS and Android mobile devices. It has Google Assistant, Google’s answer to Siri and Alexa integrated to it. The Google Home also has a personality of its own as such, uses Google’s services to provide personalized results on/for all voice commands.
Alexa on its own can be positively charming by offering hilarious responses to statements like “I am your father”. This has prompted some reviews like “Google Home is trying too hard at being friendly”.
Its worthy to note that with your permission, the Home will learn about you and your preferences. And this is a good thing because, at the oddest of times, you have a personal assistant that will retrieve your flight information, tell you about the traffic, set alarms and timers, and make your everyday living easier than ever.