September 18, 2018

What is a Google Home?

Google Home is a small smart speaker that offers a large number of services through Google Assistant. It has a cylindrical shape with LED lights on top that indicate its status and serve as touch buttons for other functions. It has speakers and a microphone that serve as its base. The speakers may be small but the sound quality will not disappoint for everyday use. It looks more like a small lamp or air diffuser, making it blend in well with the decor of your home.

Google Home is a small smart speaker that offers a large number of services through Google Assistant.

Google Home Top Features

All you need are voice commands to interact with Google Home.  You can ask to listen to your playlist and Google Home will play it for you. You can get all sorts of information – from weather updates, current events, sports, and directions, to reminders for your appointments. With this smart gadget, you can also turn your lights off, check the laundry, and even update your shopping list, all by just using your voice. Just say “Hey Google” or “OK Google” to activate it, and then give a command or a question.

Some services that are integrated into Google Home include Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio for those who love music. For videos and photos, it has Netflix, YouTube, and Google Photos.  You can also access Google Calendar and Google Keep, as well as news sites such as CNN, CNBC and The Wall Street Journal.

Google Assistant, an AI assistant from Google, is the main assistant in Google Home. It is able to make conversation with the user. With recent updates, Google Home can now recognise up to six voices using their accounts.

Google Home provides home automation features that make it a central hub for your smart gadgets. Supported devices include Chromecast digital media player, light bulbs and security devices from SmartThings, Philips Hue, LIFX, LightwaveRF, and Logitech Harmony.

Google has “Proactive Assistance” which notifies users with updates without being asked. “Visual Responses” enable users to send answers from Google Home to mobile devices. Google Home also now supports Bluetooth audio streaming through devices like phones, tablets, and computers, and reminders of calendar appointments.

Do you have other ideas about Google Home and smart gadgets?

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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