What does Google Home do—and do you need it?
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You ever get the feeling no one is actually listening to you? Not your spouse, not your kids, and certainly not any of your coworkers. Because if they were listening, you wouldn’t have to constantly repeat everything you’ve said.
Well, Google Home is your answer to that frustration. Because Google Home is always listening. But not in a creepy, recording-all-your-conversations, kind of way. No, Google home is more just… there. Waiting to be needed. And listening for your every command.
What is Google Home?
Google Home is the smart speaker solution produced by its search-engine namesake. Serving as the home base for Google Assistant, your voice-activated one-stop-shop for everything from schedule organization to grocery list making, it’s the physical hub you submit your commands to.
This convenient gadget was designed to make your life easier. And it does so not just by providing excellent stereo quality to your favorite tunes, but also by helping to manage your smart home and providing the assistance you need from someone (something?) who truly listens.
What can Google Home do?
With a simple, “Okay, Google” or “Hey, Google,” you can get Google Home’s attention and begin going down an ever-growing list of commands.
Control your smart home devices, translate Spanish to English, ask for help, find out what the local traffic patterns are, add a calendar event or book travel—it’s all available through your Google Home.
How to use Google Home
While Google Home is always waiting for your voice commands, there are a few physical controls you can utilize as well—turning the volume up or down, powering off, or even muting the microphone for those rare occasions when you might decide you don’t want Google Home waiting at your beck and call.
And with the Google Home App, which you’ll need to set your Google Home up in the beginning, you can control even more—playing music, setting up routines, and communicating with multiple devices.
Which Google Home should you buy?
With three options currently on the market, you can opt for the cheaper Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, or the deluxe Google Home Max—the heavy-duty smart speaker with sound quality you won’t be able to stop raving about. In fact, the biggest difference between the three models is increased stereo quality (and size) for every level up.
If you’re looking for a smart speaker that also has a display, you can opt for the Google Nest Hub, which does everything the Google Home speakers do, and much more.
But you don’t have to opt for just one. In fact, multiple Google Home devices can work together, even acting as an intercom from room to room. You know, for those occasions when you’re tired of yelling up the stairs to get your family’s attention.
If they won’t listen to you, maybe they’ll at least listen to Google Home.