Google has taken on Apple with their new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. However, it did not end there. Google is also challenging the Amazon Echo with their Google Home. You would think that Google has some catching up to do. Alexa has been in people’s home for almost two years. However, Google has been learning about us all for far more than two years. Google already knows all there is to know about us, and pretty much everything on the internet. Google Home is possibly the smartest personal digital assistant out there, and it has customizable bases.
The brain inside of Google Home is Google Assistant. The same assistant found in the Pixel series. The interaction with Google Home seems to be very natural. A demo of how natural conversations with Google Home was displayed during the Made by Google event. A Google representative asked for Adele’s real name, after the answer, he asked, “How many Grammys has she won?” Assistant understood that the “she” he was referring to was Adele.
Also, by asking the Google Home, “What am I doing today?”, Assistant can tell you everything that’s on your agenda for that day. Again, Assistant knows everything about it, and that is thanks to Gmail and Google Calendar. It will also fill you in on national news and how long your work commute will take.
“Ok, Google, play Cheap Thrills by Sia.” Google will be able to stream the song from Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and other third party apps. You are also able to stream music over YouTube Red, the ad-free version of YouTube. If you do not have a subscription to YouTube Red, you can get it free for six months if your pre-order a Google Home.
Because Google has access to over 70 billion facts, asking Assistant to play a song from your favorite movie is possible. During the demo by saying something as simple as, “Play the song from ‘Zootopia’ by Shakira,” resulted in Try Everything by Shakira started to play.
If you own a Chromecast or a Chromecast Audio, you can give Google Home a command to use the devices. When the Chromecast dongle’s plugged into your TV, you can tell Google what to play on your TV. For example, you can say “Play Luke Cage on Netflix,” and Luke Cage will start to load. This is all done without a remote. Typically, you would need to press a mic button on a remote. Not the case when you have Google Home. You can also tell Google to play videos from YouTube or show the most recent pictures in your photo album.
Listening to music on a better speaker is also possible. “Ok, Google, play Katy Perry’s newest song on the Bose Soundlink.” Easily done if you have a Chromecast Audio connected to your Bose speaker or any speaker in your house. If you do not know, a Chromecast Audio is a small device you connect to a home stereo system or sound bar enabling you to stream music to the speakers from your phone. Essentially turning non-Bluetooth enabled devices into Bluetooth enabled devices. The device costs $35.
Ok, Google, how can I buy you from the U.S.?
“You can pre-order me for $129 using your US Unlocked Card.” This is the answer Google will give you. Yes, it costs $50 less than the Amazon Echo. As of now, Google Home will only be available in the US. Your new personal digital assistant will begin shipping on November 4th.
If you use the US Unlocked Card to order your Google Home, you will be closer to having a Smart Home than any of your neighbors. You can even Access the US Google Play Store with the US Unlocked Card. The US Unlocked Card is a virtual prepaid debit card that has a U.S. billing address. We partner with forward shipping companies that allow us to use their address as the billing address on our cards. We are partnered with:
The US Unlocked Card is accepted on most U.S. websites where prepaid is accepted. When using your card, do make sure you are always connected over VPN (U.S. IP address) when making a purchase. To check whether your VPN is working you can go to whatismyipaddress.com. The IP location will need to be somewhere in the U.S.A.