Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Getting loads of improvements every day, the Google Assistant is dramatically improving, therefore, so’s the speaker. Since launch, we’ve seen better support for smart home devices, and more companion devices
The Google Home has a diameter of 96.4mm and stands just 142.8mm high. Around the base of the plastic white speaker comes a replaceable grey metal and fabric base, which covers the Home’s speakers. The entire top surface of the Google Home is touch-sensitive. It can be tapped to pause and restart musical playback, or long-pressed to activate the microphone.there’s only one physical button on the Google Home. It disables the microphone, if you don’t want the speaker to listen in on you.
It can access all sorts of streaming services – Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify and Pandora – and works as a WiFi speaker thanks to its built-in Google Cast capabilities. Inside the base of the unit is a 5cm speaker and a pair of 5cm passive radiators. There’s support for multiple audio formats, including AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC and Opus.
Digital assistant and control performance
When you first set up the speaker, you are given the ability to tie it to your Google account through the Google Home app (which is also used to set up and control Chromecast devices). You can then set the speaker up to recognise your own voice so that you can get daily updates about your day (from your main Google Calendar). One of the key selling points of the Google Home is the open platform it supports to control third-party devices. That obviously includes Chromecast and Chromecast-enabled devices, but it also extends to smart home products too.
Among the long list of supported platforms is Philips Hue light globes, Belkin’s WeMo ecosystem and Nest products, along with a wide range of others. It also integrates with IFTTT, which can help you work around some missing platforms for automation. Pcmag has explained in detail how to setup Google Home.