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Google Home app updated in time for stronger smart home push

12 October, 2018, 19:45 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Google Home Hub - Google Assistant With A Display

In all, there are about 10,000 devices powered by Google and can be integrated within the Google Home app.

Google Home has been a great Smart Speaker since its launching in 2016.

At the Pixel 3 and 3 XL (first impressions) launch event, Google also announced a bunch of other hardware. The support page states that Google Home users will now be able to control the playback speed of news and podcasts like playing at 2x speed, playing at half the speed and more. The Home Hub isn't really "cheap"; it's more like Google put the bill of materials where it counts.

From a functional standpoint, I like how this could possibly cut down on phone and tablet use in the house because so numerous things I'm checking on my phone can just be done with Google Home Hub. Essentially, Google is providing an aggregation of your smart home devices in a simple, pleasing arrangement so you can adjust the environment easily with a touch.

Samsung has launched a few sly digs at the brand new Google Pixel phone on Twitter. As always, lighting is the best way to get started and Smart Light Starter Kit bundles a Google Home Mini and GE C-Life bulb in a $55 box. For instance, Smart Displays can now be included in multi-room audio, allowing users to add a display to a speaker group to play music to.


And Amazon has just made the Echo Show officially available here in Australia, joining the Echo Spot, with its small circular screen.

As a notable con, the Home Hub does not incorporate a built-in camera, meaning video chatting is not an option, unlike Amazon's Echo Show or the new Facebook Portal. Finally, there's Home View, which allows you to control all of your smart home devices in a single dashboard.

Instead it runs a visual representation of the Google Assistant along with it's very own user interface elements.

Google's latest device will be available October 22 and iHeartRadio has already staked out its turf. Bring them up using Google Photos.

Interacting with the Google Assistant is a similar experience to other devices, but you don't just get a spoken response. "In today's growing smart home space, easy, seamless connections are more important than ever", says Jeff Patton of GM Connected Home Product Management. Asking for the weather will give you a full forecast, and you can follow up and ask to see more. Since rear-facing cameras are typically used to shoot subjects that are much further away, this is less of an issue.

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