7 Things You Can Do with Google Home
Google has just made life easier with its smart speaker and home assistant called “Google Home”.
Gone are the days when you have to write on paper, pick up the phone, go online and type or click something to accomplish things. With Google Home, you simply use your voice to get things done.
Here are 7 things that you can do with this smart speaker and home assistant:
1. Plan Your Day
You can start your day with one of the features of Google Home called “My Day”. The moment you wake up, you can say “Ok Google, tell me about My Day”.
My Day gives you an organized summary of the information that you need for the day without the need of looking into your calendar or typing or clicking things online. It gives you daily snippet of the following:
It tells you about the current weather, whether it’s sunny, cloudy or rainy outside.
Through My Day, you can listen to news from your chosen news source.
Google Home gives you an estimated travel time from home to work based on the volume of traffic.
You can listen to your appointments for the day.
- Flight Status
You can listen to the status of your upcoming flight, whether it’s still on schedule or delayed.
2. Manage Tasks
With Google Home, you can control your timer and alarm – check, set, pause, stop, and recur – with just the use of your voice.
3. Accomplish Tasks
With Google Home, you can effectively accomplish tasks. It allows you to complete the following tasks:
You don’t have to go to the nearby store to buy your everyday necessities – from groceries to food for your pet. With Google Home, you can order from Google’s participating retailers, including Walmart. To order from Walmart, for instance, you can say, “Ok Google, order dog food.”
To set-up your order, use the Google Home app. Go to “More settings” and look for “Payments.” From there, set your delivery address and credit card details.
If you’ve an unexpected guest and you want to cook something of this guest, you can ask Google Home to give you step-by-step cooking instructions. Google Home’s system has over 5 million recipes from Bon Appetit, The New York Times and Food Network.
- Make Calls
If you want to call someone, you don’t anymore have to pick up the phone. With Google Home, you simply say, “Ok Google, call (supply the name of the person you want to call).”
For instance, you can say, “Ok Google, call Mom.” Even if other family members also use Google Home, it’ll call only your mom, not your hubby’s mom as the system recognizes specific voices. You can also make free calls to businesses and personal contacts located in any parts of the US and Canada.
4. Get Answers
With close to 20 years of experience of answering myriad of questions, Google is guaranteed to give informative answers to questions pertaining to anything under the sun and even beyond.
You can ask Google Home about the weather forecast for tomorrow, specific day, weekend or in the one to 10 days. You can also ask how the weather in certain location is. For instance, you can ask “Ok Google, will it rain tomorrow in Winnipeg?”
If you’re bad with numbers or you simply don’t want to use your brain to calculate complicated numbers, you can ask Google Home to do this task.
You can ask Google Home to translate for you words and phrases in supported languages. For instance, you can ask, “Ok Google, what’s ‘call me’ in French.
- Currency Conversions
You can ask Google Home conversions of global currencies and unit conversions. Examples of questions you can ask include:
“How many Swiss Francs is a Canadian dollar worth?”
“How many liters are there in 5 gallons?”
If you’re on a strict diet, you can ask Google Home for nutritional content of certain products or natural foods. You can ask these questions:
“What are the foods rich in calcium?”
“How much sugar is there in a Diet Coke?”
Consider Google Home as your talking dictionary. You can ask it about the meaning things like El Niño, cryptocurrency or anything that’s unclear to you.
5. Watch or Listen to Media
With Google Home, you can stream video content to any TV that has Chromecast plugged in or Chromecast built-in using only your voice. You can also stream audio to any speaker that has Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built-in using only your voice.
6. Play Games
If you’re tired of watching videos or listening to music or podcasts but still want to be entertained, you can opt to play games using Google Home. With this smart speaker and home assistant, you can play games, such as “Lucky Trivia”, “Crystal Ball” and “Mad Libs”. You can also ask Google to talk like Yoda to you.
7. Control Your Home
Using only your voice, you can control other smart devices in your home using Google Home. Examples of smart devices that you can integrate with Google Home include August Smart Lock, Philips Hue lights, Chromecast, Sony Bravia XBR-A1E, Nest Learning Thermostat and iRobot Roomba 690.
By using IFTTT, you can also control other online services and third-party smart devices that aren’t directly integrated with Google Home. IFTTT, which stands of “If this, then that”, is a separate company from Google. Through IFTTT, you can, for instance, connect Google Home with your smart coffee maker or to your social media accounts. For instance, you can say to Google Home:
“Rise and shine, let’s start a new day,” and then your smart coffee maker turns on.
“Tell my friends I’m unavailable for one week,” then a status update is posted to your social media accounts.
There’s no limit to how many third-party smart devices and online services that you can connect Google Home with. This makes the possibilities of this smart speaker and home assistant limitless.
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