Welcome to an era where you can listen to music, turn on a TV show or get the latest news headlines simply by speaking.
Google Home, the first voice-activated personal assistant available in Australia, has now launched and it is here to make us all the ultimate multi-tasker. Here’s how it works and how you can use it around the home.
How it works
Google Assist comes to life through Google Home and takes organisation and multitasking to a whole new level. The small speaker sized system can be used in any room of the house and is simply activated by saying ‘OK Google’.
It all connects back to the Google Home App and from here, you can choose how much information you give Google and select your preferences.
For example, if you ask, ‘OK Google how’s my day looking?’ You can customise Google’s answer by selecting what you want to know. Google can tell you the weather, traffic report, what daily meetings you have on and news headlines, all before you have had your morning coffee.
Up to six people can connect to one Google Home device, and using voice recognition, it can distinguish between who in your house is asking the question and give tailored answers.
Over time, the device adds functionality so you don’t need to run updates and there are plans for it to have access to third party apps and localised services soon. So ordering a pizza by voice command shouldn’t be too far away!
Say hello to a smart home
Forget searching for the remote, you can voice cast content to your TV, as long as it has a Chromecast plugged in or built in.
Simply say ‘OK Google, play Sherlock’ and it’s done. Your favourite Spotify playlist, podcast or radio station can also be played via TuneIn Radio on command.
Google Home also lets you control your lights and home devices all by voice. It’s as simple as saying ‘OK Google, turn off the lights’. For launch, Google has teamed up with home automation system Phillips Hue with more integrations to come.
The all-knowing super brain that is Google has answers to all of your questions and understands Aussie slang.
Whether you’re covered in flour and looking for a recipe, searching for something to make for breakkie or converting measurements, Google will give you the answer without so much as touching a device.
You can even ask Google to add things to a shopping list for you, which is then saved on the app.
While this is Australia's first taste of a voice-activated smart home device, we will soon have much for choice in the market with Amazon and and Apple launching products soon.
Google Home is available from July 20 for RRP$199.