5 Ways Google Home Smart Speaker Will Make Your Life Better
We’re used to having Google around us all day. We use it often to search for something that we more information. We use it to check our emails, calendar and for up-to-date news coverage. So, why not have Google Home smart speaker and home assistant as our personal robot at home as well?
Three tech giants – Google, Amazon and Apple – are all vying for the smart speaker and home assistant market. In 2014, Amazon released its smart speaker and home assistant called “Echo”. Google released its own smart speaker and home assistant called “Home” in 2016. Apple announced that it’ll release its own version called “Homepod” in December 2017.
Amazon Echo has Alexa as its intelligent assistant; Google Home has “Assistant”; while Apple Homepod has Siri. Amazon Echo can be activated by saying “Hey, Alexa”; Apple Homepad by saying “Hey, Siri”; and Google Home by saying, “Hey or Ok, Google”.
Here are 5 ways Google Home smart speaker and home assistant will make your life better:
Wealth of Knowledge
Google, which was launched in 1998, has close to two decades of working as the world’s biggest search engine. It has accumulated a wealth of knowledge that’s incomparable with other tech companies, including Amazon and Apple.
Amazon Echo is using Bing – launched in 2009 – as its search engine. Safari, Apple’s browser, has been using Google as its default search engine for years. According to StatCounter, from May 2016 to May 2017, Google controlled 92.37% of the search engine traffic, followed Bing (2.74%) and Yahoo (2.35%).
Given the two decades of knowledge accumulation, Google knows a lot about anything under the sun, and literally, a lot about what’s above and underneath it. This vast knowledge is valuable for a smart speaker and home assistant that’ll aid you as your personal robot at home. If you say, “Ok, Google, tell me about the weather 50 years ago.” Google will be able to tell you what the weather was like 50 years back. You can proceed, by asking, “Ok, Google, how’s the weather today.” And it can tell whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside your home, and gives you the day’s temperature.
Talking to Google Home is very much close to talking to a person. It can recognize multiple voices inside your home. Up to six people are allowed to connect their account to one Google Home. So now Google can distinguish your voice from your wife’s, pull your personal playlist, own commute time, own schedule and more.
Google Assistant can also understand the context, saving you time and breath. If you say, “Ok, Google, play Shakira’s World Cup song.” Google understands that you want to play “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, the official 2010 FIFA World Cup song.
Connectivity to Other Google Products
Through the years, Google has branched out from its humble search engine business to develop multitude of other products. Many of these products live on the internet. Of course, we know about Gmail, Calender, Google Maps, YouTube and other software solutions that are easily connectable to Google Home.
Another notable product developed by Google is Chromecast – a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Google Home easily connects with Chromecast, allowing you to stream your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, games and more. You can connect Google home to Chromecast-based speakers, letting you listen to audio in different parts of your home.
Makes Your Home Smarter
Google Home, not only connects you to other Google products, but it also connects to third party products. Notable of these third party products is the Nest Learning Thermostat – the first thermostat to get an Energy Star certification (products that meet strict energy performance standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). This Nest’s product learns what temperature you like. As Google Home can be connected to Nest Learning Thermostat, you can say, “Ok, Google, set my temperature to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.”
This smart speaker and home assistant can also be connected to Philips Hue – a lighting system that allows wireless control and personalization. You can say, “Ok, Google, turn the lights off.” Google Home can also be connected to Chk-In’s wireless home security camera. So you can say, “Ok, Google, turn camera on.” Other third party products that can be connected to Google Home include TP-Link, Wemo, SmartThings, IFTTT, Alarm.com, Anova, Deako, FireBoard and many more.
You can get entertainment upgrades by connecting Google Home with Chromecast. With Chromecast plugged into your TV, you can say, “Ok, Google, play Justice League trailer.” Home will then start up YouTube app on your Chromecast and play the trailer on your TV.
If you’re not sure of the title of the movie that you want to see, Home can also help you out. For instance, if you tell Home to play the latest James Bond movie, it’ll start up Netflix and correctly play the latest James Bond movie “Spectre”. Gone are the days when you need a remote control to change what you see on your big screen. If you think, you’ve not enough time to sit through the whole Spectre movie, you can tell Home to change it to the latest episode of “The Big Bang Theory”.
Google Home smart speaker and home assistant also works with Spotify, Pandora Internet Radio, TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music and Google Photos.
Addressing Your Google Home Privacy Concern
Is Google Home recording all of your conversations? Google in a statement said:
“No. Google Home listens in short (a few seconds) snippets for the hotword. Those snippets are deleted if the hotword is not detected, and none of that information leaves your device until the hotword is heard. When Google Home detects that you’ve said ‘Ok Google,’ the LEDs on top of the device light up to tell you that recording is happening, Google Home records what you say, and sends that recording (including the few-second hotword recording) to Google in order to fulfill your request. You can delete those recordings through My Activity anytime.”
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