Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that also works as a smart home control centre and an assistant for the whole family. You can use it to playback entertainment throughout your entire home, effortlessly manage everyday tasks, and ask Google things you want to know.
Google followed with Home in 2016 – its hands-free smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in – for the USA, and now it’s the UK’s turn to experience the smart home system.
The speaker features dual side-facing passive radiators, which deliver full range, clear highs, and rich bass. And the entire thing is available in three color variations: Mango, Marine, and Violet bases join Carbon, Snow, and Copper tops. The bases can be swapped out.
There is a single mute button on the shell. Google Home is able to filter and separate speech from noise and offers “best-in-class voice recognition”, according to Google. Underneath that swappable shell there is a speaker that can playback songs and allow Google Assistant to talk to you.
Google Home can be a control centre for your entire home, because it has access to Google Assistant. It will also connect your smart home and support popular network systems. That means you will be able to control smart lights, switches, doors, and Google’s own Nest products.
The best part is you will be able to do this with just your voice.
You will have access to Google’s 17 years of search experience. That allows you to ask specific questions such as “How much fat is in an avocado?” or “What is Wayne Rooney’s shirt number?” Those types of questions would stump Amazon Echo, but not Google. You can even ask complex stuff like “What was the US population when NASA was established?”
Google Home will give you immediate answers each time. Also, it can read the relevant parts of webpages back to you.
Because Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker, it can stream music directly from the cloud. With it you can access songs, playlists, albums, artists, and podcasts from your favorite music services just by asking with your voice.
You’ll even get multi-room playback, meaning you can add one or more Google Home devices to a group of speakers in order to blast tunes throughout your house. But that’s not all: Google Home will let you control your video content. Just issue a voice command to Google Home, and the content will appear on your TV.
Back at Google I/O 2016 Google announced a new Siri – like bot that is an adaption of Google Now and Ok Google. It’s called Google Assistant, and it improves the two-way conversation experience of those services thanks to AI and machine learning.
Google Assistant is able to string your questions together in order to determine context and serve up the right information. It can do basic stuff like retrieve your travel itinerary, daily schedule; commute time to work, package delivery information, and more.
Assistant on Google Home is the same as your Assistant on the phone. Data is shared across your Google stuff on both devices.