Google Home, The virtual assistant to your home

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What is Google Home?

Google Home is a smart intelligent voice-controlled speaker that is integrated with Google Assistant and that can handle simple household task and control third party apps. Google Home was announced at Google I/O in May 2016 and released in the United States on 4th November for $129.00.

How to tell Google Home to do things?

Just start with “Ok Google” and ask it questions or tell it do things, Google Home will do it.

Ok Google

Credit: Google

Design

Google Home is designed in a modular cylindrical shape with an angled top that is easy to put it on your desk, kitchen counter etc. Height is 5.62 inches and diameter is 3.79 inches. It weights 1.05 lbs. It has four LEDs with the microphone on the top. LEDs are the same colors in the Google logo that indicate power. The entire top is a touch surface which can be used to play/pause music, stop timers,alarms and responses, change volume, trigger Google Assistant. It has a mic mute button on the side to silence all communications to it.

Features

Google home includes following features and owner can use it as a central hub to control devices in home automation.

  • Enjoy entertainment
    • Mobile app audio streaming
    • Multi-room audio
    • Music
    • News
    • Padcasts
    • Radio
    • Speaker streaming and control
    • TV streaming and control
  • Get Answers 
    • Calculator
    • Dictionary
    • Facts & Info
    • Finance
    • Learn More
    • Nutrition
    • Sports
    • Translation
  • Manage tasks
    • Alarm
    • Car Service
    • Shopping list
    • Timer
  • Plan your day
    • Calendar
    • Flight information
    • Local Guide
    • My Day
    • Traffic
    • Weather
  • Control your home
    • IFTTT
    • Light control
    • Smart plugs and switch control
    • Thermostat control
  • Have a fun
    • Delight
    • Easter eggs
    • Games
Services

Google Home is integrated with many services and following are them.

  • Audio
    • Google Play Music
    • YouTube Music
    • Spotify
    • TuneIn
    • Pandora
  • Smart Home
    • Nest
    • Philips
    • IFTTT
    • SmartThings
  • Streaming Devices
    • Google Chromecast
    • Google Chromecast Audio
    • Vizio
    • Toshiba
    • Philips
    • Sony
    • Bang and Olufsen
    • B&O Play
    • Grundig
    • Polk Audio
    • Raumfeld
  • Videos and Photos (Chromecast or Chromecast built-in Required)
    • YouTube
    • Netflix
    • Google Photos
  • Tasks
    • Google Calendar
    • Google Keep
  • Games and Fun
    • Mad Libs

 

Source: Google and Wikipedia

 

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