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Google Home - Smart Speaker & Home Assistant

Google Home - The Virtual Assistant You Never Knew You Needed

The release of Google Home marks Google's first foray into the smart home market. If there is one thing Google is good at, it is a powerful search engine. There are skeptics who question the ability of Google to inject its strength into a smart home device. Obviously, Google is not going to disappoint you by merely following the trend of jumping into the smart home bandwagon like some companies. Instead, the Google Home takes advantage of your Google account and search history to give you a unique experience. 

Its Google Home shows that it can take Google's strength and improve it significantly as a viable smart home device. For the first time ever, the Google Home provides a home hub device that enables you to leverage all Google products and services without having to click on a screen. 

The Design

At first glance, the Google Home bears some resemblance to an air refresher or a small vase. Thanks to its clean, crisp look, Google Home definitely does not look out of place with your modern interior design. It exudes minimalist vibes with its silhouette. 

Since the customizable bases can be easily snapped on and off, you can change the base color to suit your preference. As of now, Google offers two types bases: metallic and fabric bases. When you compare Google Home to its rival, Amazon Echo, the former certainly looks more gorgeous than the latter's all-black canister shape. At the same time, its shorter shape makes it easier to blend into its surroundings.

What Can Google Home Do For You

You will be surprised to find its upper area is highly responsive to touch. Simply move it clockwise or counterclockwise to change the volume. To start or stop the music, a tap will suffice. It is fascinating that you can long-press the Home button to execute commands without using the wake words such as "Hey Google" or "Ok, Google." 

Whenever you activate your Google Home through the top or using the wake word, its four multi-colored lights will twist and whirl to indicate that it has received your command. In addition, Google Home can serve your needs well with its built-in Google Cast and Chromecast feature. Set up a Chrome Cast and tell your Google Home to cast your favorite songs or videos to your sound speaker and television. 

Google Home comes with its two built-in microphones which are capable of picking up your voice command from across a room. After all, Google Home has been designed to champion the voice-based experience. Depending on where you stay, Google continues to improve its support for multiple languages as well as regional accents. 

Since some people voice out their concerns about the idea of Google always listening to you all the time, Google promises that it does not constantly recording it and incorporates a mute button which totally turns off Google Home's listening feature. Furthermore, Google even enables you to peek at all the dates Google Home sends back and forth. 

The Power of Voice Command

When it comes to listening to your voice command, Google Home can pick up your voice without any hassle. Among other voice commands you can instruct your Google Home are: 

Checking your calendar, setting an alarm or snooze it

Finding out the weather, perform a calculation

Hail a cab or Uber

Playing the news

Answering a question involving a quick Google search 

And others

In terms of creativity, Google Home is able to give creative answers/replies. Instead of talking mechanically to a machine, communicating with this Google device feels natural. For instance, the Australian version knows the right answer to give if you are asking for "the nearest servo". Knowing Google, it is no surprise that Google Home is packed full of humor and Easter eggs. If you are fan of pop cultures and others, Google Home can offer cheeky answers that leave you rolling on the floor laughing. 

One of the best things about its voice command is that it can customize answers for the entire family based on who is talking. First, each family member needs to download the Home app into his/her phone. Next, your family members need to train the Home to recognize their voices by repeating the magic wake works several times over. Amazingly, it offers individualized responses to questions about calendars and traffic. On request, it can also play personal playlists. 

If you love to cook or are learning to cook, Google Home can be used as a source of recipes. All you need to do is to search for a recipe on your smartphone and send any of the results to the Google Home. It can walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step directions. Google Home is a friend who patiently waits until you tell it that you are ready to proceed to next step. 

Hidden Smart Features 

Your Google Home device can even support iOS as well (Apple users can take advantage of Google connectivity). If you are a smart home enthusiast, Google Home allows you to interact with different brands of connected powerpoints, light globes, and others. So far, there are more than 70 home automation partners which let users control devices via Google Assistant on Google Home. Needless to say, the growing number of supported brands and products means that Google Home is going to be more versatile than ever. 

Google Home gives you a glimpse of what the current voice command technology can do. As it is likely to receive more updates from Google in the future, it is safe to say that Google Home will not be obsolete in a short time. With the combination of top-notch recognition and responsiveness, Google Home will an amazing virtual assistant you can get.

 

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This post was written by Aaron Tam from iPrice Group.