Google today announced its new voice control device Google Home. Google Home, makes it easy for users to use their voices to turn up the music, get answers to a myriad of questions, manage tasks around the house, and even adjust the thermostat or lights. It allows users to bring the Google Assistant into their kitchens, living rooms or anywhere else around the house.
Your voice speaks volumes
With a simple “Ok Google”, the users can play songs, artists, radio stations, your favorite playlists and more from Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and YouTube Music with additional services like iHeartRadio coming soon. They can also play a podcast while making pasta or listen to today’s news while tying your shoes. And if they just want to stream audio directly from their phones, they can cast music to Google Home from 100+ Chromecast-enabled apps on their Android or iOS devices.
Google Home’s smart audio design integrates a high-excursion driver with a dual passive radiator design that delivers crystal-clear highs and deep lows for Hi-Fi sound that streams over WiFi. That means a lot of big sound from a small package. Even while the users jam out to music, it can easily hear them from across the room, thanks to two omnidirectional microphones and neural beamforming.
Get answers big and small
Google Home taps into the power of Google Search to give users real-time answers to things they want to know. Ask Google Home to translate phrases and do simple math calculations. Kneading pizza dough and need to change ounces to grams? Ask and get unit conversions and nutritional info, too. Getting ready for the day? Get real-time info on the weather, the stock market, the traffic, or their favorite sports team. Google Home can also help them find answers to more obscure questions directly on the web. It’s all the power of Google with a simple voice command.
An extra pair of hands
With their permission, Google Home makes helpful information easily accessible. Check their calendars or even pull up their flight information. Users can also say, “Tell me about my day” to hear curated personal information that helps you navigate a day. Google Home can help with those too. Ask it to wake users up in the morning, set kitchen timers, and keep track of their shopping list.
Rule your kingdom without lifting a finger
With Google Home, users can control devices around the house. Play and control music on their speakers that have Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built-in. Or stream videos to a TV equipped with Chromecast. At launch, they can fire up videos from YouTube, and the support of popular apps like Netflix and Google Photos will be available in the near future. They can also control their lights, thermostats and switches with popular home automation systems like Philips Hue, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT — with more coming soon.
Not just another black box
Google Home is designed to look good. The top blends into the user’s home with a clean, minimal design that has no buttons and hidden LED lights. It features a capacitive touch surface for those rare moments when voice won’t do. Because every home is different, users can customize the base with different colors and finishes (metal and fabric, sold separately) to their personal taste.
A Google Home for every room
Users can build up a team of Google Home devices and blast the same tune in every room with Multi-room (you can also group with Chromecast Audio or Chromecast built-in speakers too) to enjoy music throughout the house. Having more than one device doesn’t mean they will all respond when the user say “Ok Google.” If they have the same user account, only the closest one responds.
Google Home will be available in stores starting in November. Pre-order is also available for $129 from the Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. The users can redeem 6 months free of YouTube Red so you can enjoy YouTube music and video ads-free once the users set up their devices.