Google home is a smart speaker and a home assistant. It’s a voice-activated speaker and uses Google’s new Google Assistant AI. At Google I/O 2016, Google introduced Google Home, and then at the Made By Google event, Google announced when you would be able to get your hands on the voice-activated speaker.
What is Google Home?
Well, 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 play entertainment throughout your entire house, manage every-day tasks, and ask Google what you want to know. So simple isn’t it.
Google home is available in various interchangeable bases available in various colors and finishes and also underneath the swappable shell, there is a speaker that can playback songs and let Google AI talk to you.
Google Home works with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. With the support of these, you can play any music just by saying “OK Google” play the Adam Levine song in Begin again. It will automatically search the song sung by him without even you mentioning it and will play it.
1. It can be personalised to you, giving you information on your commute, weather, and calendar.
2. Works with Chromecast.
3. Answers questions and follow-ups fairly well.
4. Lots of choices for music.
5. Google Home wins entertainment.
6. Say the word “OK Google”, and Home can also control your smart home gadgets or send music and video to your TV and speakers.
1. The Home can’t personalise for multiple family members.
2. You can’t create appointments in your calendar or make a to-do list.
3. It’s currently not as versatile or useful as Amazon’s Echo.
4. Can only link to one Google account for now.
5. Limited smart home control.
The competitor: Amazon Echo
Google home wins for entertainment.
Amazon Echo wins as a personal assistant and a better smart home controller.
The Conclusion: To buy or to not to buy Google Home
Yes. If you have a Chromecast, the Google Home is the clear choice over an Alexa device, but if you’re looking for a voice-controlled speaker with a smart assistant, they’re both pretty good options, and it comes down to personal preference. At the moment, Alexa wins on personality and skills, but the Home has the upper hand when it comes to knowing your routine and understanding you and your questions.
You can always have a deeper look at both the products here.
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