what can Google home do?
Google home is a growing family of devices that are actually quite wonderful. They range from the smallest google home mini to a supersized music orientated google home max. There is a google home with a screen and I can’t tell you how amazing this thing is in the kitchen where I decided to get the most out of it.
However, when I got my first one of these devices I was so excited that I almost broke the box trying to get it out. I plugged it in and did the very easy set up process and then I was wondering what to say. In fairness the device does give you a little selection of things to try out but once that has gone you can be sitting there awkwardly wanting to try things out but not sure what to say. So today we are going to find out what can google home do?
A music paradise
For sound snobs which I was once a proud member of, the google home mini may not be the best listening experience. It does kick out some amazing sound for such a small device but if you are one of these people then the Google home Max maybe the way forward for you.
These devices are simply amazing for people that love music. You can just say “OK Google play music by… ” and away it goes playing your music goodness. You can ask for certain tracks, playlists and even get radio stations playing through your little smart speaker. Even if you do not know the name of the artist or song believe it or not you can sing it and every time it has found the song. I kid you not! Try it, you may feel like a fool at first but it actually works.
Ask a question you will find the answers
The best thing I can say here is when you go to the google search engine and type in something to search all those things you ask can actually be asked to the speaker instead. It is a much easier way of getting the answers you need and anything that requires more than a simple answer she tells you that the information has been sent to your phone. The google device actually recognizes your voice and sends it to the appropriate phone. For example if you wish to get directions to a local restaurant just ask and the google home will send the maps direct to your phone. You can set up where your home is, your work etc in the settings which is always worth doing. You can even just ask after setting these up what’s the traffic like to work and it will let you know.
Its not only questions you can ask, you can also ask it for the current news or weather and it will let you know. You can also use IFTTT (IF THIS THEN THAT) which is an online service which allows you to add more features. So if it is going to rain you could use this service to get Google Home to remind you to dress accordingly.
If you wish to read more about IFTTT click here
Watch films and shows
Yes it is a smart speaker, well apart from the google home hub but it can also be joined by the chrome cast devices. These devices together work wonders and if you sync your Netflix accounts you can just ask it to play a show you fancy watching and it will cast straight to the television. You can also do this for you tube and it is actually quite amazing. I would like an actual television that has google assistant built in but that’s a topic for another day.
Reminders, alarms and timers
I used to be quite mentally sharp but as I have got older I find myself sometimes getting a little distracted or completely forgetting things all together. The Google home device has worked absolute miracles and so far so good I have not forgotten a thing. Its nothing to do with me of course and my brain power is not increasing in the process but it has made a massive help. The biggest thing for me was when I was cooking, I would put something on to cook and then go on the laptop only to realize that the smell of burning was entering the room. With timers now I can just say “hey google set a timer for ten minutes” or however long and I no longer need to eat cremated food!
The alarms also come in handy as I have a wonderful habit of pressing snooze so many times that I tend to be in a bit of a rush in the morning. With the added extra of these devices it’s just another reminder that sleep will have to wait until later. You can also set music alarms so if you fancy being woke up to your favorite song in the morning go and treat yourself.
Reminders have also managed to help me out so much. My son has so many doctors and hospital appointments that half the time I don’t even know what day it is. I have now never been late or forgotten a single appointment and it’s all down to the speaker.
Don’t forget also that you can set up to do lists and add things to a shopping list if needs be. It is handy to get a reminder of the things you really wanted but didn’t have in the cupboard at the time.
Control your world
As with this sites main focus being home automation it would be silly not to mention it of course. The smart speaker really becomes much more as soon as you can set the brightness, color, warmth of your home and you can even set schedules for when they come on or off.
It doesn’t just stop at lights of course, robot vacuums can be commanded to do a bit of your cleaning for you. Blinds can be open or shut when you require, heating can be turned up or on/off. The possibilities are endless with a smart home and it is going to get much bigger over the coming years. So google home sits fairly comfortably here as I have had no issue with the speaker doing what I ask it to do.
Sometimes you are sitting at home wondering what to do next with your evening why not ask google to tell you a joke? Granted the jokes do need some work but it’s a nice little addition. Some times just asking it some questions give funny results and it seems to have a personality all on it’s own.
You can also play small games with it too which have always gone down well when I have friends over and is always a good icebreaker.
It may sound crazy but you can also make calls using google home and with the introduction of the google home hub you can also make video calls. These calls are free as it is over WIFI and the clever thing recognizes your voice and knows whos contacts to look through. You may feel this is a little invasive and can be turned off if needs be but why not give it a go?
I hope you have found this post informative and gives you some ideas of things to try. These devices are so funny, amazing and helpful I could not recommend them more. If I have missed anything please don’t hesitate to add it in the comments and if you have any funny moments that have happened I would love to hear that too.