Google Home- A Voice Activated Smart Solution

Google Home- A Voice Activated Smart Solution

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In this evolving era of Digital Transformation when most of the people are trying to get things automated, Home Automation which was limited to controlling just via app or scheduling i.e. turning on the light after sunset etc., after the recent advancements in the speech recognition technology, Smart Home or Office Automation is able to get more advanced and now devices can be controlled directly giving them voice commands like “Turn on lights”, “Turn off Lights”, “Lower the temperature” etc

Google has announced the voice-enabled wireless speaker that will not just give people an ability to control their Smart Devices over a voice, but will also be able to communicate with Google Assistant (a new feature launched by Google) to get answers to their queries.

Google home is physically small, thus easy to carry, cylindrical in shape with its top slightly angled and having a 4 colorful leds indicating that Google Home is working and responding to your queries. It’s physically made in a way to match the home and office surroundings.

Google Home

We tried finding the how Google Home is different from the existing similar kind of products on some of the key points and found following results:

 Key Points

Amazon Echo

Google Home

Responds to voice Yes Yes
Always Listening Yes Yes
Music streaming options Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Smart home partnerships Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, other devices via “Skills” Nest, unknown third party products
Appearance Customizable No Yes
Output to stereo system No (yes w/ Amazon Dot) Yes, via Chromecast
Synced audio playback to multiple devices No Yes, to any Google Cast device
Personal assistant highlights Add items to calendar, make a shopping list, make a to do list, check flight status, track a package Add items to calendar, make a shopping list, make a to do list, check flight status, track a package
Wake word Alexa,” “Amazon,” or “Echo” “Okay, Google,” maybe more later

While trying to explore the features of Google Home further, we found that Google Home has some additional features:

  • In “Google Homeuser will be able to command any Google Cast-enabled speaker, any speaker with a Chromecast Audio streamer plugged in and even your TV if you have a Chromecast video streamer. Also, user will be able to play a song on any of those devices individually, or you can create groups and play a same song on each of the devices simultaneously and thus giving user ability to create stereos effect.

We have already explored “Amazon Echo” for Smart Home solutions and used it for controlling various devices. We are now waiting for “Google Home” to be launched and available for developers so that we can explore it more.

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