Google Home is arguably the best voice assistant on the market. Leveraging Google’s immense knowledge graph, Google Home is the best at answering everyday questions. And its growing list of smart integrations is quickly giving Amazon Alexa a run for its money.
Why we like the Google Home
Amazon was quick out of the gate with their Amazon Alexa / Echo platform. But Google has made great strides in recent months with their Google Home platform which utilizes their excellent Google Assistant. The Google is arguably a more polished device than any of the Echo devices from Amazon. It has a more “living room friendly” design with the addition of fabric grills. But more importantly, its use of natural language processing is better than Amazon’s. And while Amazon can still perform a few more tricks in terms of home automation, this lead is shrinking quick. Google Home will be at parity very soon when they add routines and other key features announced at last year’s Google I/O conference.
Google Home works seemlessly with Nest products as well as with many other products that have the “Works with Google Assistant” badge. Adding devices is super simple and its use of Chromecasts and Chromecast audio for whole house audio/video is second to none. This is one area where Alexa simply can’t compete with Google.
Google has been steadily rolling out useful features for Google Home. This includes using all of your Google home devices as an intercom (think yelling “dinner time!”) But mostly the extra features in this case is that Google home taps into Google’s immense knowledge graph. This means when you ask Google Home how tall Barack Obama is, it knows the answer. And it can go much, much deeper than Amazon Alexa in answering everyday questions.
If you are invested in the Google/Nest ecosystem your voice assistant of choice should absolutely be the Google Home or Google Home Mini. But even for those that are a bit agnostic on the ecosystem, Google Home is growing in leaps and bounds and will soon be the top dog in terms of voice assistant hubs on the market.
Google Home: 12 Things You Need To KnowDecember 29, 2017 - Forbes
Podcasts are tricky with Google Home. You can ask it to play a podcast and it will, even if you don't have that podcast in your linked music player - it will find it elsewhere which is very cool. What's less cool is that there's little else...
7 tips for your new Google Home speakerDecember 27, 2017 - CNET
If Google Home doesn't support your music streaming service of choice or even something else, like audiobooks or podcasts, you can still use Google Home to play outside audio. All you have to do is use Cast (if the app supports it) or Bluetooth. To use...
Grandma unsuccessfully, but hilariously tries to use Google HomeDecember 29, 2017 - Wink News
Facebook engineer, Ben Actis, captured his Italian grandmother's priceless reaction as she tries to use her new Google Home device. Actis' girlfriend, Becky Siegel, who works at Google, gave his grandmother Maria Actis the device for Christmas. Siegel...
Specification: Google Home
Compatible with IFTTT
Smart Hub, Voice assistant
|Voice assistant compatibility|
|Works with Nest|
Works with Nest certified