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Google Home Review: The Assistant In Your Home

By Monica U Santos , Nov 04, 2016 04:23 AM EDT
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Google Home is a smart speaker developed by Google as part of its "Made By Google" product line. The product stands as a rival to Amazon Echo in the smart speaker industry.

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own Google, always ready to help. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, "Ok Google".

Our connection to Google is huge. It is used countless times a day on our computers, our phones, sometimes even in our cars and on our smartphones. We use Google search almost every day to know what we want to know. And we like it because Google can give us the answers that we are looking for and the pleasure we are expecting to have.

With the technology we have right now, I believe that in the future, we’ll be able to access information without having to type on keyboards, tap on screens, or even hold anything in our hands. So it’s not surprising that Google, as a large technology company, is making a massive effort to make its services accessible via voice, for all those times when you don’t have a screen in front of you. And the most obvious way to it is by releasing theGoogle Home, a $129 voice-controlled, connected speaker.

According to The Verge, here are the good stuff and bad stuff of Google Home.

Good stuff: Attractive design, good sound quality and smart voice responses

Bad Stuff: Fiddly touch controls, limited features and not the future, yet

Google Assistant in you house is a great way to show off just how smart Google is. But after all, it doesn't feel like an essential experience just for now. That's mainly because it lags behind the Echo in terms of support for third-party services. That makes Echo a smarter buy if you want to control smartphone devices -- but Home is a perfectly viable option for those who use lots of Google services a lot, according to Engadget.

As of this moment, Google Home is a little more than a toy. It's very fun to use and occasionally very convenient to ask it questions and have it perform simple tasks. Although Google Home is worth keeping an eye on, I think it is not just essential just yet. Maybe after months, it will be more capable.

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