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The Google Home smart speaker powered by Google Assistant lets you control smart devices, and get information, all via voice commands.
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I'm very impressed with this unit. I have automated all the lights and plugs in my apartment with this. It picks up my voice just fine anywhere in my place as long as you turn your TV and stereo down when speaking to it. It has great sound for such a compact item. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Great little device to control your smart home and casting music to you home theater. For those saying the sound isn't great, you've got to put this into proper context, this isn't something you would bring to a party and expect to dance to. It searches Google's play service via voice command and you can have a little fun with it too!
It helps if you're other devices are connected as well such as Phillips Hue, Chromecast and Google music, but it's still a useful gadget without all that.
Great product. Buy it!
I got this free with my Google Pixel phone roughly six weeks ago.
I had enough of screaming at full volume at it from a foot away (no exaggeration) for it to work. Just packed it up this morning and took it to the local electronic recycling station.
After the initial 'honeymoon' period asking it silly questions it just turned into a fancy kitchen timer.
If I paid for this I would have returned it immediately, instead I wasted too much of my life trying to get this device to work smoothly.
I will say that it sounded OK for a single speaker, lots of boom but the highs were very muddled, like listening to a speaker underwater.
Google says AI is the future, the future looks pretty bleak if this is what we can expect.
Sound is not awesome, it ok but not a device to buy for its sound quality.
Not sure why someone would say that here, not true.
You need premium spotify account for this to work. Same with google music. Thats more cost to conisder.
If volume is turned up too loud, it will not pick up your voice well, got worse over time for us,
Google has done an innovative work leading the industry with smart speaker but sound clarity lacks. However for the entry level with the current price, the product still is a winner.
I've been raving about this and a couple friends have purchased since. Very happy with this purchase and would recommend to anyone.
First off, the speaker is great. The sound is at least as good as our JBL bluetooth speaker with good bass.
We have plenty of Google in the home - we all have accounts, we have Android phones and we have Chromecasts and Chromecast Audios. Google Home worked well with all of them and within a few minutes we were streaming synchronized music through the whole house.
The Google Home recognizes all the voices of my family members, and does a great job.
There are several features we'd love to see (like Reminders). At this point, I think it's a solid device.
No doubt it's an advanced product but still lacks in answering many voice commands. I don't want a product just to play apps / songs.
If your home utilities are wifi links then it's has very good usage.
We use google home for everything. We all have a lot of fun using this awesome product. I truly think everyone should have google home in there home. Thanks allan
I liked my first one so much, I went out and got a second one for my bedroom. I use them for home automation like changing the temp through my nest thermostats, turning on and off lights. I also use them for such things as setting alarms for the morning. Super easy to use. The alarm goes off in the morning and I say "Hey Google, snooze alarm" and she respond "OK, snoozing for 10 minutes". If I give it a time to snooze for or until, it does that. Brilliant. All of it so far!
The Good With Google Assistant built in, the Google Home integrates with Google Calendar, Maps and Chromecast, so it gives you personalized answers. Say the word, and the Home can also control your smart home gadgets or send music and video to your TV and speakers.
The Bad The Home's integrations with other Google services still don't allow a lot of give and take -- you can't create reminders or make a to-do list.
The Bottom Line Google Home offers more personalized virtual assistance than the Echo, and it's better at controlling your digital entertainment.
Great device and works well with a lot of different 3rd party devices. Ironically it seems to have the most trouble with Google Music but Spotify works flawlessly.
It currently controls my lights (lutron), TV (vizio with chrome cast) and thermostat (nest).
Set up was fast and easy.
Siund quality for the small speaker is great.
Have to raise your voice and maybe even tell if your want it to do something while it is playing music but it is expected. The good thing is once it hears the trigger phrase "ok Google" it turns the volume of the music way down to hear the rest of your command.
Ultimately this is technology in its early stages and has a lot of potential. I wouldn't rush out to get one but it is a neat gadget that can potentially make things more convenient for you.
I could not state enough about this product and the fast free delivery from BEST BUY. Sound quality for music could not be better..Another feature is when you want to know an answer about something - you get the answer immediately. Would be of value to parents to assist their children in answering questions needed for school and other activities they require help with. Would make a great gift.
p.s. I just bought another one as a gift for Christmas
I bought Google Home yesterday. It was easy to set up. Included was 90 days free of Google Music Play to try. The sound is amazing.....
I have Paradigm speakers at home and the clarity of Google Home is just as good or better.
The only thing I would like to see changed is the option of running on batteries.
Hands free calling, bluetooth are just the latest updates. Waiting for Harmony integration but so far this is the coolest device in my home
I love having this device in my home. Music and news on demand, my calendar, timers and alarms, and controlling my lights since I've also implemented the Hue WIFI lighting system. All very cool and energy-efficient. I hear from my son that the device already has Bluetooth capability and the software to use it is just around the corner - the best is yet to come!
One of the primary reasons for getting a Google Home device was to access my Calendar and schedule appointments through it. I was also hoping to access email through it. If you use a G-Suite account you are unable to access the Calendar or email through Google Home so I would avoid buying it. It does apparently work with free accounts but not with G-Suite paid accounts, go figure!
What a disappointment and G-Suite support were very dismissive when asked about it, not the typical Google experience I am used too.
I wasn't too excited when I watched the launch of Google home. Even when it came to Canada, paid not much attention. But when I got a Best Buy gift card, I said why not and picked one up. Best decision I could have made.
Using it is super natural and responds to both 'Hey Google' and 'OK Google'.
I have it paired with my Lutron Caseta lights, Logitech Harmony Hub and some TP-Link Smart Switches. Controls them all with no issue. It also allows you to make custom commands, or use IFTTT, so I can say "Hey Google, play Xbox." and my living room lights, TV, AV Receiver and Xbox One S will turn on.
It's voice recognition is top notch too. It recognises me or my girlfriend when using the Shared Device setting. Speaker is really good quality for how small it is. Listen to music on it every day I get home. The Mics are also far reaching.
I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed. And like most Google products, updates will continue to come out and make it more powerful over time.
Our family loves the Google Home, our boys (4 and 6) love asking it questions or to play some of their favorite songs. We also love having hands free access to find out the weather, news, playing podcasts, turning on a TV to play Netflix or YouTube, playing music on Google Play Music, commute times or just asking when a nearby store opens.
We look forward to using it for free phone calls in Canada/the US and whatever other new features Google adds to it in the future.
I never used Siri on my phone at all. I use this all the time and it works as expected and I use it often with Chromecast and Hue lights.
When it works it's really great.. but it quickly gets old when you have to ask 8 times to turn on the lights.
For example, you can say 'turn off the lights in living room' and it will work. Then right away ask 'turn on the lights in loving room' and it will reply 'sorry I can't do that' even thought it just completed the same command less than a few seconds ago. Ask another 8 times and it will work.
Again some of the features work great all the time. Then some don't.
Very cool product. Being able to use natural language is great.
Haven't tried the others so don't know how they compare, but Google's recognition on what you're saying has been almost flawless. It's almost immediately responsive and is an awesome interface at a great price.
There are some fun little tricks you can do with it. Like have it play the sound of coyotes howling or tell a random joke. And of course it'll do all the practical things like translations, weather reports, answer questions, set alarms, tell you your schedule, etc.. The voice controls get even better if you sign up with Spotify and have some Hue lights. Spotify in particular I didn't care about before but now is nothing short of amazing and the sound quality is excellent.
I was a bit uneasy it is an active microphone that's always listening, so I put it on a light switch controlled plug. I've not bothered to turn it off much but nice to know I can.
The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is I think it's still improving and though it'll control Chromecast (Netflix & Youtube) it won't control my Smart TV. Yet at least. But voice controlling your devices is the future so I do recommend it.
i originally bought a google home from the U.S before they were available in canada. I preordered this last one through bestbuy.ca to get the free chromecast(even though i didnt really need it since i already have one).
At the start things were a bit rocky since there was a glitch between philips hue and google home. Everytime i tried turning on or off a light with google home, it would work, then disconnect from my wifi and take forever before it would reconnect and stop saying"something went wrong".
Since they fixed the problem it has worked very well.
I have a smart things hub, philips hue,sonos system, chromecast AND a chromecast audio connected to my sonos play 5 and logitech harmony remote hub.
Downstairs i have a ps4, and x box one, and a shield tv.
Using my google home, in conjunction with my harmony remote and IFTTT(IF THIS THEN THAT),i turn on my gaming systems, tv amplifier and lights to a specific color for each gaming system.
when its time to go to sleep i say "okay google, goodnight" and it shuts everything down.
As a wifi speaker the google home is okay, nothing special. At lower volume it sounds fine. If i tell it to play a specific station on sonos, then it plays to my play 5through chromecast audio. Only problem is, sometimes the music buffers once in a while. I guess playing directly to my sonos from my router is a stronger signal than going through google home to chromecast audio to sonos play 5.
Also i create groupings to send the music to my other 2 sonos speakers throughout the house, but sonos never remembers the groupings so the next time i have to create the group all over again, otherwise it will only play on my play 5.
Recently my google home started turning on an extra philips hue light when i tell it to turn on my kitchen lights. cant figure out why, but i may just remove the bulb from philips hue, then add it again and see if that helps.
overall very happy with both of my google home speakers. Hope they will add native control to sonos speakers so i dont have to use chromecast audio or harmony remote to control them through google home.
J'aime bien le son, pour ce qui est de l'assistant personnel de Google, il y a place à l'amélioration
Good, bring a lot of fun to our home, and my son loves communicate with his Google Assistant everyday! Love it!
Love our Google Home! Who cares if Big Brother is listening...he always has just through different devices. I would seriously miss our Google Home if it ever broke!
Love setting timers while cooking, fun to play Mad Libs or trivia with friends, so handy for asking the weather and the operating hours of stores/restaurants. The best part is connecting our Spotify account for on demand music! Also LOVE having our Hue lights connected for instant lighting control.
Been using our US one for two years, had a little trouble setting up because of the US/Canada differences but now that there is a Canadian version, you'll have no trouble!
Généralement c'est bien. Mais la prononciation doit être exacte.
Il n'est pas compatible avec Logitech Harmony, ce qui est un handicap pour moi. Ce qui est ridicule c'est qu'il est compatible seulement aux États-Unis.
Il est censé fonctionné avec l'application IFTTT, mais malgré tout mes efforts, il n'y comprend rien.
C'est mieux avec Philips HUE, mais parfois il faut répéter la même phrase plusieurs fois avant qu'il comprenne l'ordre.
Donc, c'est un système qui a encore des croûtes à manger pour ce qui est de la domotique.
On peut lui poser des questions sur des sujets banals (Température, taux de change, etc..). Mais il faut pas aller trop loin.
J'imagine qu'avec le temps il va s'améliorer...
I had no expectations when I bought this - just another piece of the google puzzle. It's pretty fun to throw questions at it, my kids love this aspect. It's fairly small, and non-intrusive. I find the microphone fairly hit N miss, it probably works better if you have a booming voice.
It isn't very practical imho, but can be useful in certain instances (ie. winning arguments).
Overall it's a fun little tool that can help, if you remember it's even there :)
It works well with the lights (Philips Hue), for music you have only Google Music, Spotify requires a premium account and it is NOT working with the Android TVs.
I have a new Sony and it says "Cannot work with Android TV" or something to that effect. It does work with a Chromecast plugged in the TV but it defeats the purpose.Google support could not explain why it's not working.
Please stop advertising as working with the Android TVs, It is NOT.
Very interesting device. It's not perfect but does do some amazing things. The sound from this device is better than expected.
I would recommend it if only for a coversation piece.
The Google Home is a great product, but it lacks certain key elements (texting, to-do list, calls). If Google could figure out how to incorporate elements like that, 5 stars would be easily attainable.
I was totally amazed with this product. Super sound with so many features.and tons of songs to bring back old memories. Tells you the time, temp, news local stores, etc. etc. Simply ask any question and get the answer. Don't worry about security as it is ONLY on when you say : "O.K. google"
Sure is a BEST BUY at BEST BUY !
I was quite excited to receive my Google Home. I am a chemo patient and after chemo I have to rest a great deal. Google home is like having a friend with me. It tells me the time, the weather, wakes me up, lulls me to sleep and is a friendly voice when I am alone which is most of the time. I like that is will play my Netflix choices and music that I request. At this time it cannot play a specific episode on Netflix but I think that it will soon. Hopefully it will do more at time goes on. Thank You Google, this has been a great help to me.
La reconnaissance vocale est bien, le "Ok Google" me tape sur les nerfs, bon coup de marketing pour Google, mais pouvoir changer l'appel par une autre combinaison, serait bien : Assistant ou bien Alfred ou bien DonaldTrump, dans ce dernier cas on pourrait avoir de drôles de réponses ;-)
J'aimerais avoir une voix d'homme.
Le son qui sort de ce petit appareil est assez bon pour me donner envie de donner une enceinte acoustique BlueTooth à un ami.
Pour les fonctionnalités, on souhaiterai pouvoir ajouter des événements à son calendrier et ce serait une étoile de plus pour moi.
Côté design, on pourrait croire à un purificateur d'air, mais dans le décor avec mes murs blanc, on ne le voit quasiment pas.
It is difficult to figure out how to set up the Home. The instructions are not clear. Not every one is computer expert or Google expert. No one can understand what the Home apps about. The user manual is over simply to follow through, Still not set up the Google Home yet. Only those examples provides on the notes came with the product workable but nothing else.
So far I have it hooked to Netflix, my wemo lights, nest and my wink hub. There was really no great surprise in how this device works. It can't know what you are saying without sending that info off to some party to be interpreted. Whether it's google or somebody else really doesn't matter. Don't get this device if you are squeamish about privacy. Or hit the mute button all the time if that makes you feel better. If you are expecting this device to do everything magically for you, you will likely be disappointed. If you are looking to augment your home automation and willing to be patient, then you will enjoy your Google Home.
I've worked with home control and automation for years... For audio and video nothing can compare to a google home, a chromecast, a few chromecast audios connected to speakers, and a Netflix account. With IFTTT you can do a lot... And with some tech skills you can do anything. Even if you don't want to get into the complicated stuff... There is a lot of useful stuff accessible for non techies. It is really simple to use and because it's voice controlled, anyone that can speak clearly can use it... Regardless of your tech abilities.
I pre-ordered this and looked forward to see how it would perform. What it does, it does well, e.g., ask for the weather or the local news. However, there were too many responses "I can't do this yet" (or words to that effect). For me, it didn't enough to justify using it instead of my smartphone to check the weather, news or play music. I returned it the next day. Perhaps will fill a need a year from now ????
I have had this since its Canadian release and it has been great. Be advised that not all of the features are available in Canada yet. If they we're, this would be a 5 out of 5
just what i hoped it would be love how it will start my tv with the the included chromecast.play music all day long with a google play subscription thinking of adding a 3rd shrome cast just to play audio wirelessly to my old home stereo with the command of google home.remember it takes a little getting use to. certain way of how you ask questions most are straight forward some not so but with paitence you will get it . the google home app will help with that .if you like gadgets you will like this
J'ai acheté ce Google Home pour sa sortie au Canada, je dois vous avouer que j'étais très sceptique sur le fonctionnement et son utilité, je l'ai acheté en me disant que si c'était un gadget sans aucun intérêt, je le ramènerais chez Best-Buy pour un remboursement.
Après quelques jours d'utilisation, ce haut parleur est tout simplement génial, tout mes systèmes sont connectés à lui, TV(chromecast), lumière, spotify.
Je suis même en train de vendre mes soundtouch de Bose, pour les remplacer par 1 ou 2 Google Home supplémentaires
Il répond dans la seconde et comprend tout, en français aussi bien qu'en anglais.
Bien joué Google.
I was a bit disappointed overall when I started to use Google Home because I realize many of the things I thought I could say or do don't actually work or they don't work yet. Some features are indicated to be a future upgrade perhaps but since Google Home has been in the USA for awhile now I'm surprised it doesn't work. I cannot work with the calendar very easily, Reminders are apparently not supported yet. It can't seem to send msgs through a phone and casting to my Nvidia Shield only works sometimes. It often says "Sorry something went wrong" when trying to use those casting functions.
Overall it's useful for general questions and listening to music (although it's a bit lacking on the treble and seems to distort at higher volumes. )
Still learning new things this can do every day, but for the most part, we've incorporated it into daily use. Having a bunch of other Google products certainly helps, with the Chromecast/Netflix/Youtube controls being the most useful. Seamless integration in that regard. Works well with our Hue system as well.
Plays albums/songs/playlists from Google Play Music well.
A little clunky in longer responses, sometimes doesn't pick up the 'Hey Google' or "OK Google' call which gets annoying.
Kids love the animal sounds and jokes.
It does exactly what it claims. I use it daily. The speaker is mediocre and cannot compete with my Polk sound bar. Enjoy it thoroughly regardless
Works really well to do the things it advertises it can do - play media form Spotify/Youtube/Netflix, control lights and thermostats, searches...etc.
However, I think it's missing a couple features that I consider fundamental, especially considering it's an "assistant":
- Can't set reminders. This is by far one of the most useful features form an assistant, but this one still can't do it.
- Can't link other calendars. I have both my personal gmail calendar and my work calendar, when I ask it about my day, it only tells me about my personal calendar (work meetings cover 95% of my overall calendar).
- Can't link other people. This is available in USA apparently, but not in Canada yet, meaning everything everyone searches is linked to my account.
I still love it and I'm hoping these are developed soon and brought to Canada!
Using it with Chromecast, Lutron Caseta switches and just picked up a Nest Thermostat. No problems and does what I expected. Still finding amazing how I can ask for a cat video and next thing my TV turns on and there's a cat video playing. Also great as a music streamer.
Purchased two weeks ago, I have realistic (I think) expectations. Simple tasks such as math calculations, unit conversions, weather forecasts, distance to somewhere, etc are well done. Asking her to always use metric measures (vs imperial) done perfectly. Asking for mood music is flawless. Pleasant surprise was showing the grandkids how to ask, and they spent all afternoon asking what every animal in the world sounds like (til it started driving me crazy).
Go complex and you're pushing her limits. I've read the reviews about Home's limitations and the reviews about its improvements, and I have not yet configured to other devices.
It's a bit pricey as a toy but a good way to take baby steps towards voice activating the home. So far, so good.
Worked great for a day then all I hear now is "SOMETHING WENT WRONG'". Disappointing.......back to ALEXA
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