Do you know someone who loves smart home stuff? Or perhaps they are looking to dip their toes in the water for the first time? Then check out our gift guide for people who are all about that smart home life.
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When it comes to smart home assistants, Google is king. It's snappy, conversational, and able to help with a plethora of requests. But in the past the speakers within which Google lives haven't had the best sound quality.
Enter: The Google Home Max. With two 4.5" woofers and two custom tweeters, this was made to be the Loud Boy of the Home lineup. And man, does it deliver.
The idea of a smart home console is exciting. A little screen where you can turn all your lights on and off and turn on the TV and see who’s at the door and crank the oven up to 200-degrees to roast that garlic and broccoli for dinner? That’s cool! It’s also what Google promises with the new Home Hub. Google doesn’t not deliver. But the new Home Hub also falls short of the magic gadget I’d hoped for. At least not right now.
Just a day after Facebook announced its virtually feature-less Portal smart display, Google debuted one of its most loaded IoT devices ever. The first Google Home with a display is available for pre-order starting at $219.
Currently, the Google Assistant supports more than 10 different languages (along with a number of regional variations), with Google hoping to bring that number to 30 before the end of the year. Unfortunately, up until now, you’ve only been able to use those languages one at a time — a hassle for anyone in a household of multiple languages.
Thankfully, all that is about to change, because starting today, the Google Assistant has become bilingual.
Going to the effort of setting up a smart home just so you can turn your lights on and off from your phone may not seem like the best use of your time and resources, but with the right gear and apps you can put together some routines that really will impress family, friends, and occasional Airbnb guests. Here are five of our favourites.
Seems Google is practically throwing it's Home Minis at people, first via eBay and now to weekend footy fans. If you'd like a chance at owning one of the $79 gadgets and live in Victoria, get yourself down to the MCG.
Despite Amazon having a two-year head start versus Google in the smart speaker wars, earlier this year, sales of Google Home devices surpassed all of Amazon's Echoes for the first time ever. And while Amazon still holds the overall lead in market share, it's not hard to see why Google is catching up fast. Compared to Alexa, the Google Assistant is simply smarter, better sounding, and an all-around more helpful AI. However, even with new additions to the Google Home family in 2017 by way of the Home Mini and Max, there are some holes in the Google's smart speaker lineup -- like smart screens. But thanks to the new Lenovo Smart Display, Google now has an answer to the Echo Show, and it's a damn good retort at that.
Google has been steadily improving its smart speaker with updates facilitating more fluid conversations, as well as the addition of routines for chaining together multiple tasks with a single command. Now Google is adding scheduling to the mix, which means your mornings can start just the way you want them, at the same time, every time — so long as you don’t mind sticking to a strict schedule. And aren't Australian.
When Amazon launched the Echo back in late 2014, it kicked off one of the biggest trends in tech. Almost overnight, it seemed like every company wanted to get in on that sweet smart speaker action. However, largely because Amazon was first to market, the Echo has consistently been the top-selling smart speaker for the last three and a half years.
Google Assistant is finally going to be easier to use, according to Google. Just a few days after the company announced that the virtual assistant now works with over 5000 devices, Google says that Assistant will soon not only sound more natural, but you'll also be able to have a conversation with it.
Google has never really had a great strategy for podcasts, leaving Android users to hunt for third-party apps to manage their subscriptions and play new episodes. (Apple's standalone Podcasts app isn't very good either, but at least it exists.) Now, it looks like the search giant finally has some semblance of a solution that should make it easier to listen to podcasts across your Google and Android devices.
Loving your new Google Home Mini? Hating its tinny sound and lack of auxiliary output options? Well Google appears to have heard your lo-fi cries of anguish, and responded by adding a way to control your third-party Bluetooth speakers using your Google Home device. Nice work! It only took a whole year.
We're just a week or so away from the end of daylight savings which means the biannual mantra of "Change your clock, change your smoke detector battery" is about to be replayed in homes across the country. But I don't have that problem anymore. I swapped out my old smoke detectors for a couple of Nest Protect devices.