Look out Siri and Alexa, there’s a new voice-activated assistant in town, courtesy of Google! In May, the tech giant unveiled its Google Home speaker, which features the ‘Google Assistant’ gadget and messaging app ‘Allo’ as part of their newest technology. Now, the Google Home is finally on the market! Find out all about the latest and greatest tech product that’s now in stores just in time for the holiday season!
1. Google Home allows you to Google search by just asking a question!
Whether it’s to prove a point, find a recipe or get a weather update, we go to Google everyday to search for answers to life’s questions. With Google Home, you can simply verbalize whatever you want to know, whenever you want, and receive a voice response in seconds! “We want to be there for users, asking them ‘Hi, how can I help’,” Sundar Pichai said at the Google unveiling event in May. The conversational dialogue created between users is a first-time technology move for Google, making them a strong competitor against Amazon’s Echo/Alexa and Apple’s Siri.
2. Google Home is less expensive than its competitors.
The Google Home is priced at $129, with just as many capabilities as the Amazon Echo, priced at $179.99. Plus, Google’s new gadget has one thing that the Echo does not… it has Google. The search engine is offers a wealth of knowledge that other smart speakers just don’t.
3. You have to use a “wake” word to wake-up the device for use.
The Google Home is always listening, so when you need to use it, it’s easy to turn on! By saying “Hey Google” or “OK Google,” the system turns on and is ready to use. Google is currently testing out new wake words and phrases, but currently you don’t have the option of making your own. If you want to turn off the listening feature entirely, there’s also a mute button on the device.
4. Google Home can send video to automatically play on your TV.
Now, this is cool. By simply saying, “Hey Google, play ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift on the TV,” it will send the video from YouTube onto your television. While you still have to turn on the TV yourself, it’s still a step toward the future. Google is working on collaborating with Netflix and other apps to broaden the scope of what you can put on your TV with Google Home.
5. Google Assistant is similar to the live-in butler you’ve always wanted.
Google’s newest technology ‘Google Assistant,’ embedded in Google Home, is your personal assistant. It manages your calendar, notifies you about flight delays, requests your Ubers, etc. Reviews claim that unlike the Alexa on the Echo, Google Assistant doesn’t need clarification when you ask to be woken at 6 — it automatically knows you meant AM. Google Assistant also allows follow-up questions without having to ask the question over again with the same pronouns. In other words, Google Assistant is just smarter than the rest.
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