Google Assistant to Live In (Your) Google Home
Google today made its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, available for preorder. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. The device resembles a Bluetooth speaker, and in fact contains a speaker for playing music. The Assistant, which is also baked into the new Pixel smartphones from Google, is able to help people with a wide number of queries and tasks. For example, people can ask Google Home to play tunes from third-party music services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, and others; to perform language translations or math conversions; check commuting times or the weather; and much more. Further, it interacts with Google-owned Nest products for controlling in-home thermostats and security cameras. The Google Home can be preordered from Google's web site. The Home costs $129. People can customize their Google Home with swappable bases for $20 each. Google Home ships in November.
Google Home Gains More Home Automation Powers
Google today expanded the number of third-party smart home apps that can be controlled by its Google Home product. Owners of Google Home can now control Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products via Google Home.
Google Home Now Recognizes Individual Voices
Google today made it possible for up to six people to get personalized results from its Google Home product. Using the refreshed Google Home mobile app, Home owners can train the device to recognize individual voices for everyone in your house.
Google Home Gains Voice-Based Shopping to Compete with Amazon Echo
Google today added the ability to shop for certain goods to its voice-controlled Google Home speaker. Google says people can use Google Home to purchase everyday essentials from more than 50 national and local retailers.
Google Pixel Gains Access to Home Control Functions
Google today made it possible for the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to control some smart home products through the Google Assistant. Pixel owners can now interact with Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products, for example.