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Google Home is the personal assistant that learns, adapts, grows, works, without salary

As with any smart speaker, the more you use it, the more capabilities you’ll discover.

, ET Bureau|
May 05, 2018, 11.18 PM IST
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Google Home is the personal assistant that learns, adapts, grows, works, without salary
Google Home is a powerful speaker and voice Assistant.

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Hey Google, are smart speakers here to stay?’ It’s an easy question to answer since we suddenly have so much choice. Admittedly, Amazon has a big headstart in the space and have four different kinds of smart speakers already on sale in India (one of them even has a screen). But don’t write off Google just yet — the smarts in the smart speaker are not in the device you buy but in the cloud. And it gets smarter everyday!

We like to think of Google Home as the physical embodiment of Google’s Smart Assistant. Here’s a speaker that can play music for you, tell you about your day, answer whatever questions you have, control smart home products, tell you jokes, tell stories or play games with your kids and more. As with any smart speaker, the more you use it, the more capabilities you’ll discover. It works particularly well with Chromecast audio & video.

Apart from a close relationship with Google’s own services, this speaker has a cool feature called Voice Match. Train it to recognize your voice and it becomes a lot more personal. For instance, if you say ‘Hey Google, where’s my phone?’ — it will ring your phone and not your spouse’s. Similarly, it can read out ‘your’ email and tell you about ‘your’ calendar.

About the speaker itself, there is one 2-inch driver and two 2-inch bass radiators. The slanted top is touch sensitive: you can tap to pause/play or make clockwise/anti-clockwise gestures to increase/decrease the volume. The multi-colour LEDs on top (arranged in a circle) provide visual feedback for volume and when the assistant is ‘thinking’. There’s also a smaller, cheaper version called Google Home Mini with the same functionality. And if you’re not satisfied with the sound quality, you can always set it to connect to a larger Bluetooth speaker. Perhaps the biggest reason to get one of these? This is a personal assistant that learns, adapts, grows, works 24x7 and never fusses — and you don’t need to pay it a salary.

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