Everything you need to know about the new Google Home
Just last week Australia’s newest tech gadget launched and it’s set to be a game changer for anyone who owns a home. The size of a pint glass, with sleek lines and customizable basis, the Google Home powered by the Google Assistant is the next big thing in home technology. But what is it and why should we care? We thought we’d find out the answers and share them with the Dddreamhouse community here…
Google Home is a voice Assistant and your own ‘Google Machine’ ready to help whenever you need. All you do is say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and follow with a question to get the answer. You can ask questions, translate phrases, run simple maths calculations and get definitions. Too busy to stay on top of the news? Ask and you shall receive the latest stories from sources such as Fox Sports, ABC NEWS, The Australian, Huffington Post, TechCrunch and SKY NEWS. Need a helping hand in the kitchen? Get substitutes, nutritional information and unit conversions without having to wash your flour covered fingers – pretty genius if you ask us!
It has a distinctly Aussie voice and even understands our colloquialisms. Ask it for brekkie ideas or where the nearest servo is. You can also ask it what sound a Kookaburra makes, and it’ll cue the laughter we all know and love. And of course, Google in it’s typical fashion has hidden a few Aussie treats for you to discover along the way. Why not try asking the Assistant on Google Home “Are you going to Bonnie Doon?”
It even has extra features that make life really easy – it can tell you your schedule or timetable for the day as long as it’s in your Google Calendar and can have up to six people connected to the device at any one time. This has led to voice recognition as one of the major features so it can distinguish person from person and know who is asking what questions.
Even more convenient, Google Home can control your home. It can help you keep track of everything going on like your lights, switches and more, using compatible smart devices from brands like Philips Hue and IFTTT. Just ask, and your Assistant will turn off the kitchen light. If you have a Chromecast, you can also use voice commands to play Netflix, Stan and YouTube on your TV or binge watch your favourite show. Enjoy Multi-room by grouping Google Home devices together (with Chromecast Audio or Chromecast built-in speakers too) to listen to the same song in every room.
So Google Home really is a changer that impacts how we live every day. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg – we were actually really shocked at how affordable it is! Available for $199 from 20 July 2017 via The Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Telstra, Optus and Qantas Store. Think about it… you’ll never have to answer homework questions for your kids again!