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Google Home Review The Big G smart speaker

Google Home is a smart speaker, basically a smart speaker that integrates Google’s voice assistant. It is equipped with Wi-Fi connection and through the software Google Assistant, the same that is present in the vast majority of smartphones or tablets with Android operating system, can receive and respond to commands given by voice.

Placed inside a smart home, it is as if you were talking to your home but with a much greater number of possibilities of interaction than a smartphone. Google Home debuted in the United States in 2016 and in recent years has acquired even more features. Read on to discover the full review of this innovative device.

What it is and what it is for

Google Home is a lot of things together: a domestic voice assistant always present and ready to use, able to help keep “track” of their household chores and those outside the home, their hobbies and interests.

In addition, it also acts as an audio speaker, as a collector for your Google ecosystem and, which does not hurt, gives a touch of modern design to the house.

The device that offers a wide range of features and like all his “colleagues” is subject to continuous automatic updates, making it a product that is always efficient.

Just say the words “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and submit the question/request: you can ask for information of various kinds, search the web, know the latest news from the world, get useful information on traffic or weather, get help in organizing your time and daily commitments, listen to your favorite music streaming using compatible systems such as Spotify or Google Play, up to the streaming of other multimedia content with the platforms Netflix, Youtube or Google Chromecast and much more.

A really interesting feature is the ability to set up with Google Home “routine” mode through which you can select certain scenarios: for example saying “Hey Google good night” as if by magic the device will turn off wireless bulbs, wifi sockets and so on.

The most important aspect of Google Home is in fact home automation: if you live in an “intelligent” home by voice only you can allow Google Home to manage devices and appliances connected to it, and then intelligent bulbs, robotic vacuum cleaners, universal remote controls, the aforementioned Wi-Fi connections, switches, etc..

For example, in Italy currently Google Home supports brands of intelligent appliances such as:

  • Philips Hue
  • Tp-Link
  • Sony
  • Xiaomi
  • Nest
  • D-Link
  • Lifx
  • Hive
  • and many more.

Design and materials

Outside Google Home has a clean and essential design that fits well with any type of furniture, the body is white with a base in gray fabric and small, the line is rounded and with a characteristic silhouette truncated cone.

The lower part, which would be the audio speaker, can also be removed and replaced with another perhaps a different color that best suits the style of the house.

The interface is touch, with microphones placed on the upper surface where there are 4 multicolored LED lights that indicate when Google Home is listening and touch-sensitive controls; for example, the volume can be raised or lowered simply by touching the surface in a rotary direction and the device can operate or turn off by touching the “Play” and “Stop” controls.

On the back there is a physical button to turn off the microphone and then listen to it.

Audio and voice commands

Despite its small size, Google Home has a very good audio power: it is able to spread the sound satisfactorily in a large room.

The audio is full-bodied, with a fair balance of bass. The speaker has a driver that measures 5 cm and 2 passive radiators also equal in size to 5 cm can return a sound suitable for listening to your favorite music from the most popular music services such as Google Play, Spotify, Pandora and Deezer selecting it by artist, song, genre, album, personal playlist, mood or activity, is also available free radio service.

Just say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” and then add formulas like: “Put some music on”, “Play jazz on Spotify”, “Play hip hop music on YouTube”, “Let me hear some music”, “Play rap music on YouTube” and so on.

The device also features 2 long-range voice recognition microphones, allowing Google Home to listen to and respond to commands, even in the presence of background noise or music.

At the bottom, the part covered by the fabric, there are 4 speakers with a total power of 10 watts.

At the bottom, the part covered by the fabric, there are 4 speakers with a total power of 10 watts.

A very useful option is to pair Google Home with other speakers via Bluetooth, thus giving life to groups of speakers through the multi-room function able to spread the sound in all rooms of the house and enjoy a 360° coverage of the voice assistant.

The volume can be easily set with the voice command “Ok Google! Turn down (or turn up) the volume” or as previously written, by tracing semicircles on the top of the device.

Setting up Google Home is extremely easy, especially if you have a smartphone with an Android operating system.

After connecting the device to an electrical outlet through the power cord, you download the app “Google Home” (iOS – Android) on your phone that must be connected to Wi-Fi through which you intend to use the speaker, then just follow all the instructions in the app and connect the devices and services you want.

Everything is very intuitive also because Google Home in practice does everything automatically: only occasionally during the installation are required confirmations in particular to check that the microphone used to receive commands works well.

A note to keep in mind is that if you give the command “Ok Google”, on your smartphone will listen to Google Home and Google Assistant, but saying “Hey Google” will only activate Google Home.

Experience of use

The daily use of Google Home is very simple; of course you will need to take some time to get to know each other.

The first few times you can run into some difficulties of interaction due mostly to lack of practice with the voice commands “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”, because if you forget to say them at the beginning of each request the system does not activate, or it may happen to ask for something and not get an answer for the simple reason that the company has not yet provided the app prepared.

All things can be resolved, because updates are continuous.

Over time, however, it will become almost natural to turn to your voice assistant for any kind of information and to make him do the chores of your home automation without getting off the couch, or even to joke with us during an evening with friends or with children asking him the most curious things.

Final considerations

Smart speakers have gained unexpected popularity: the number of requests, both for physical orders of devices, and actual questions to smart speakers have increased dramatically over the past year. You can consider buying Google Home, read this year’s best smart speakers, or read reviews of Amazon Echo products.

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