Customer reviews & ratings
Google Home is a great product for the family
I've had my Google Home for about 3 weeks and have been very happy with it. Setup was a breeze and could have been done by anybody. // Pros / Difference from Echo: - #1 major difference. Google Home can handle different grammatical structures and syntax for the same question. Simple example: What is the capital of Norway? = Which city is the capital of Norway? = What is the Norwegian capital? I find this really good for family and friends because -- unlike with Alexa / Echo -- we don't have to learn how to exactly verbalize every “skill”. Google Home allows us to speak naturally without us having to learn its own language. - The above ability combined with Google Home's awareness of context helps it with some complicated questions like: Me: OK Google. What is that song from the Lion King? > Google Home: The songs are Circle of Life and … > Me: OK Google. Play it please > Google Home: Sure. Playing Circle of Life. = Wow. Note that I didn't even mention the song. - #2 major difference is multi-room audio!! I've got two Google Home devices and two Chromecast Audio devices ($35 each) in my home, and I labeled the group as “Entire Home”. So I can say: OK Google. Play Arianna Grande in Entire Home. Echo is unable to do this (yet?). - The “Good morning” / “My day” feature is really neat on Google Home. It tells me in one pass about the weather, traffic to work, my appointments, and rounds up with news from my favorite sources. - Works flawlessly with Chromecast devices. Example: OK Google. Play a funny cat video from YouTube on the Living Room Chromecast > Then Google plays it on Chromecast, which triggers my living room TV to show the video - There are some customizable bases that are better suited to your home decor. However, these are a little pricey for fabric and metal. Nonetheless, Google Home is very soft and unassuming in its design whereas Echo feels very industrial to me personally. // Pros / Similarities with Amazon Echo: - The far-field mics work well and can pick up voices from across the room without having to yell. - The speaker quality is very good. - Works well with Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube, etc. But Google Home doesn't work with Amazon Music (yet?). - Connected Home - Works well with Philips Hue lightbulbs and Nest Thermostat. I haven't tested out other brands like LifX, Wemo, etc. I do think Echo has more connected home applications because it's been in the market longer, but I don't use those other services at this time. - Set reminders, timers, get recipes, get directions, call an Uber - There are lots of IFTTT (third party app -- try it out!) routines that can be built. - The Google Home app is very easy to use. // Minor Cons - You do have to say “OK Google” to prompt the device. However, this is no different than saying “Alexa” for Echo. The Pro I seen in this is related to privacy -- I don't want the device to respond to anything my family is talking about unless we specifically want to interact with it. - Only the top of the Google Home device has a light indicator to show when it's listening. So if you've got this on your kitchen counter and you're seated on your couch (at a lower height), you may not see the lights. Echo overcomes this with the light ring around the device. - The Google Home device can't be used as a speakerphone or be used to make phone calls. - Saying OK Google also triggers my phone. I'd like the ability to choose the device with which I want to interact. // Major Cons: - There can only be one user profile! So I can get a run down of my day, but my girlfriend can't get hers; we can only hear my services but not hers. To be fair, this isn't that different from Echo, but it is a little annoying. This seems like the next step for both Google and Amazon. Overall, I think Google Home is an excellent product, and I look forward to seeing more services being made available.
Google making hardware is a beautiful thing.
Amazing product. The accuracy recognizing what I say is extremely good. Been using it mostly for news and music in the morning, and to impress friends when they come. Want to set up some iot lights that I can use voice control on but they're too expensive at the moment. If you have a chrome cast you'll never have to search for videos again because you can just find them with your voice and it integrates flawlessly. The speaker is surprisingly very robust. Only negative for me is having to say "hey Google" every time. It's not as smooth as saying a name like Alexa.
The Google Home Makes Life More Convenient
The Google Home is a well built voice activated speaker that sounds pretty good and is useful for many things, specifically the Google Home is quite useful for setting alarms and timers, and I have been getting up in the morning more consistently than I had been before I received my Google Home. The Google Home is able to play at volume levels that are plenty sufficient for most situations. If you choose to buy a Google home, after connecting it to your internet connection, then it is best to download the Google Home app for Android or Apple, then locate and optimize all the settings to get the best experience using the Google Home. In the settings there is a setting called Accessibility, it allows you to turn on the option to play an audible sound, which indicates when you should speak your verbal request. This means that after you say OK GOOGLE, you will then hear an audible beep, so you will know exactly when to speak your request, without this Accessibility sound option turned on, it is necessary to be looking at the Google Home device when saying OK GOOGLE, so that you can see the lights on the top of the Google Home light up, of which the lights indicates that you should then speak your request. It is basically easier to say OK GOOGLE and hear an audible beep indicating when to speak your request, than it is to say OK GOOGLE and have to be looking at the device to see the visual indicator to know when to speak your request. The Google Home app has the option to add your home address, which is necessary for the Google Assistant to provide your weather requests, as the Google Home needs to know the location of the weather that you are desiring. The Google Home app allows you to set a desired music playback source, and also allows you to create a list of your desired news sources, allowing you to customize the news that you can hear playing through the Google Home. Newer versions of the Android operating system have the built in options of allowing the Google Assistant to be always listening, so that you can say OK GOOGLE, and then you can make a verbal request, the same way that the Google Home does, but using the Google Home device is a much better experience. The two microphones on the Google Home pick up your voice noticeably better than the microphone on a smart phone. The Google Chrome web browser has apps and extensions that can be installed, which add interactivity with your Google Home device. Do a Google search for Chrome Web Store, and it will bring up the website where you can search for and install the available Google Apps and Extensions. The Google Keep app for Google Chrome, allows you to create a shopping list that can be used with the Google Home Assistant, just create a shopping list in the Google Keep app, then ask the Google Home Assistant: What is my shopping list, then the Assistant will verbally remind you of all the things on your shopping list. The Google Keep app can be downloaded for Android or Apple and can be installed on your smart phone, allowing you to create shopping lists the same way. The Google Calendar extension for Google Chrome, allows you to quickly add calendar entries, then you can ask the Google Home Assistant: What is on my calendar, and the Assistant will verbally remind you of your calendar events. The Google Cast extension for Google Chrome, allows you to see which song Pandora is playing, this extension allows you to pause music playback and also adjust the volume level, all of this from the Google Chrome browser. Below is a list of verbal requests that the Google Home can be used for: What time is it Set an alarm for 7 am, Set a timer for 30 minutes (Multiple timers and alarms can be set) Stop alarm, Stop timer, Stop all timers, Stop all alarms What is today's weather (Your local weather will be read if your address has been set) What is the weather in Ventura, California (Any city and state can be requested) What is the humidity (Your local humidity will be read if your address has been set) Is Wal-Mart open, Is Best Buy open, Is Jack in the box open, etc.. What is on my calendar (Calendar events must be added first in Google Calendar) Add orange juice to my shopping list, Add bananas to my shopping list, etc.. What is my shopping list Play music, Pause music (Music will play from your chosen default music source) Play Google Play music (Use this if Pandora is default music source) Play Pandora music (Use this if Google Play Music is default music source) Play news, Pause news (News will play from your chosen list of news sources) Turn up the volume, Turn down the volume Volume level 4, Volume level 6, Volume level 3, etc.. (Volume levels 1 - 10) What is the volume The Google Home voice activated smart speaker, allows adding Philips Hue lighting control, it is necessary to synchronize the Google Home device with the Philips Hue bridge, this synchronizing is done in the settings of the Google Home app on an Android or Apple device, once this is setup, all of the following can be said to control Philips Hue lighting. Turn lights on 10 percent, Turn lights on 50 percent, Turn lights light blue (Daylight), Turn lights white (Warm white), Turn lights red (Great for movie lighting, or night lights), Dim lights, Turn lights on 100 percent, Turn lights off. The Google Home has a really nice power supply, which has a silicone strap that wraps around the cord. A quality power supply always adds to making an electronic device have a luxury feel to it. My overall opinion of the Google Home Assistant, is that owning and using the Google Home has made life more convenient.
Google Home is fun
I ordered this because I had seen it advertised and thought it would be fun and could be helpful too! I have a lot to learn yet but I have used it for music and playing games! You can ask it anything of course! This is the future and it is already here in my house! I think everyone should have a Google Home.!
Bought this for my 87 year old mother who is vision impaired. She likes to hear the weather and time. It also greets her in the morning and provides some company for her. She can also request songs that she enjoys. Very nice unit.
Side by side
The Google Home sits beside my Amazon Echo. I've enjoyed the Echo but I wanted the vast wealth of information that Google has that is missing on the Echo. I can't notice a difference in audio quality but my husband says the Echo sounds better. The Home gives me more music options than the Echo since my Google Play Music, Pandora and Spotify accounts are not the premium levels. One thing I miss on the Home is that the Echo can be set to sound an audible tone when it hears the wake word. I miss that handy feature on the Home. The Home handles math calculations more naturally than the Echo because it recognizes monetary terms. Alexa, what's 20% off of ten dollars? "20% of ten dollars is two dollars." Hey, Google, what's 20% off of ten dollars? "The answer is eight US dollars." Obviously Google knows how I shop better than Alexa.
GH: The Best Voice Assistant on the Market
The decision was simple for me, GOOGLE ASSISTANT, Google is Light Years ahead of the competition, don't believe me, ask any of the competition follow-up questions. If you like repeating the same question with additional content (follow-up) then the GH is not for you. BUT if you like to have a normal conversation, GH is the way to go. Google Assistant builds on your question with answers that are more normal to human interaction. Now if you are an Amazon person, a Prime member, one who orders a lot with Amazon, it is understandable to use Amazon's voice assistant, easy to order and track orders. Amazon is in the business to sell you stuff, Google is an information/search company. You will hear/read that GH (Google Home) is limited to a small list of devices, Not True, don't believe me, go to IFTTT.com for the huge list of supported devices. ex. WeMo Switch is not directly supported, at this time, through GH app, BUT they work great through IFTTT service, actually better since you have more options/triggers with IFTTT. I am extremely pleased with GH, bought 2 of them, one for our daughter who is more a Google person than I. She will love it for Christmas...Can't wait to show her the IFTTT world...
Google Home Assistant
Fine example of AI (Artificial Intelligence). Works well. Simple Plug & Play installation. Download and setup App to make personal preferences, location, etc. Device has incredible sound and the ability to "understand" you. The female voice is clear and pleasant. It is in the learning stages so not everything you ask it yields a successful response. You get its attention by saying "OK Google", "Hey Google" works too. Works with Chromecast devices to turn on/off lights, TV viewing, etc.. Read the product description online to get a good understanding of this device and its capabilities. I'd like to able to customize "OK Google" to another wakeup phrase, along with the thousands of other Home users. Home has the ability to translate into many languages but not as many as Google Translate on my Android phone (?). I like the instant weather and news updates just by asking "How's my day?". It is a bit of a gadget and this point but I have faith that Google will make this the best on the market by bettering it's completion (Echo, Siri, Alexa).
Very Good, with Only a Few Hiccups
I really like the Google Home. If you've thought about buying one, I would recommend it. (I've never tried the Alexa, but I've heard GH is better. The price is definitely better.) There were a few hiccups, however. First, I had to buy a new wifi router because my old one was too old or inefficient; I'm not sure what the problem was, but I couldn't get the GH to connect to it. I bought a new Belkin (for about $60) and now everything works fine. Second, the GH right now is more of a novelty than anything else. It answers questions (briefly) and plays music. It can do other things, but at the moment that's all I do with it. However I really like the technology, and I'm sure that in the future all appliances (TVs, computers, microwaves, etc.) will be able to tie into the GH. This will enable you to say, "Hey Google, preheat the oven to 350." At the moment such tech doesn't exist--or I don't have it--but I'm sure it will become more common (just like wifi is now almost universal). I know that it can do some things like that, but I don't have the tech set up to enable it to do so.
Still waiting for some needed updates
So far my Google Home (GH) experience has been a little of a let-down. Only one Google account can be set up for now which means that shared calendar information is not handled by GH. I share a calendar with my wife and hers is the primary calendar used for family planning. GH does not list any events created on her calendar, only my primary calendar. I also wish I could force it to recognize a certain route to my work. It often provides travel times for alternate routes which are not good options for me. GH also only allows one shopping list so you cannot currently set up a shopping list for several different stores. I do like how it integrates with Chromecast Audio. You can set up speaker groups which is nice. As for the GH itself, speaker quality is decent. It lacks highs but handles bass sufficiently for the size of the unit. For now it is just a novelty. Without added updates, its value to me will be limited.
I was on the fence between this and the Amazon Echo. I fell and bumped my head and purchased this. Glad I did. This thing is awesome with it's conversational mastermind!! Love listening to the news, weather and getting traffic updates early in the mornings. Nice addition to my office!
Best darn thing, since sliced bread.
I took a chance buying this device, because I don't own a Smart Phone, but have a Tablet with Android. That was enough, to get it working, and now it's my main source for music. It will play any song by any artist, that's within u tubes library. Plus while your chilling on the music, you can get it to answer, almost any question you have. To me, it's the best, of both worlds. Really love this device, you HAVE TO GET ONE. Sorry, about screaming, only to make a point.
Amazon Echo still ahead
The greatest thing impacting my rating is the Amazon Echo does more than Google Home. One example, is the Echo handles google calendars better than Home. Another is I have Echo linked to several Wemo devices in our home and it performs flawlessly. Home can't handle the Wemo devices yet. Many of Homes shortcomings can be overcome using IFTTT programing, but it would be nice if more functionality worked right out of the box. It also doesn't have the same capabilities as Google Now on our smart phones as far as doing internet searches. I think it will be a great device once more functionality is built in.
Love it but lacking some expected things
Google Home has become a daily part of my life. I look forward to using it every day, particularly when I start my mornings with asking it "Tell me about my day". The fact that it's so easy to integrate it with all my smart home devices and cast to it from my Android phone with ease is wonderful. The fact that I can ask it questions, and it has contextual awareness of previous questions I've asked is awesome. Music playback and being able to use it to play videos off of voice command on to my chromecast is great! Ok, now to the things I find missing: it doesn't integrate as well with casting general audio from an iOS device. This means that you can only cast to it through apps that support casting. This is also the case with the chromecast, but honestly, considering that it is a speaker, I would at least have liked to have the bare bluetooth connectivity functionality that I expect out of other speakers in my home (or even the Amazon Echo). Also there are many commands that it says it "can't do yet", like adding stuff to my calendar, setting reminders, making calls, sending texts etc.. Also the device is really only tied to one familiy member's Google account, so any accounts and preferences you might have will be specific to you and not to other people that are in your home. They won't be able to play their own curated Spotify playlists or youtube playlists. That isn't to say that if you mention an artist you want to listen to, it won't auto-generate a playlist for you. At the end of the day, despite the lack of bluetooth capabilities and single-Account service, I have faith that Google will open up APIs for community development and even for their own service integration so that calendar, reminders, etc. actually work through it. I happened to get it at around $100, so the price point was also a big reason for me to get it over the Echo. Also, the Echo, while a bigger speaker with more mics and slightly more capabilities for the minute, is just not as smart of a device. I feel that inevitably this is Google's element and they are poised to do better than the Echo.
HUGE glitch with Google Home!!
Unfortunately, Google Home will randomly STOP playing music! I have re-booted several times, tried different locations, and even purchased Spotify Premium....all to no avail. For no reason at all, Google just stops playing a song...sometimes coming back on and sometimes not. There are literally hundreds of customers complaining about this online!! And customers who own both Alexa and Google are saying that they have NO music-streaming problems with Alexa. How in the world did this product clear "testing"?? If Google does not repair this humongous glitch within a week, I will return the product to Walmart and purchase Echo.
Smartest Member of my Family!
It is easy to set up. Connect it to your wireless network and download the software to your smartphone. Easy to navigate. She is not married and does not have any children - yes - we asked these questions. Sadly, when asked if we could change her name she said it was too much work for google to do this :-( and yes, she did answer this question. Keeping the google calendar linked between my phone & my desktop and now easily availabe on google home is great. It does NOT let you ADD an appointment and I hope this becomes available. Another reason for the 4 stars is the limited music choices compared to Alexa. I would like to see iHeart Radio and even Sirrus radio would be nice to have too. The kids use for homework and I'm always using it while cooking for setting timers, alarms to wake up the kids. LOVE IT! Definitely smarter than Alexa.
Need to sell my Amazon Echo
This is a great device! I've owned an Amazon echo for some time now, but this is definitely a better device, in my opinion. Couple it with a few Chromecast audio and stream audio all over your house. I use it mainly for calendar, news, and music.
Love this little device!
So easy to set-up and use, well worth your investment. It's a very useful gadget that's also attractive. I purchased several for Christmas gifts being they were on sale. We have been using ours a lot lately in the kitchen playing Christmas music from Pandora, great sounding speaker! It's also useful in the kitchen to set cooking timers, providing measurements, cooking instructions and setting up your grocery list, as well as checking your calendar events while having your morning coffee. I'm hoping eventually Google will update the software to allow the user to make/receive calls or send a text. I also want them to permit the user to have options in changing it's wake-up command, I don't really care for "Okay Google". I understand all this and more will be forthcoming?
I have purchased two of these thus year and my Mother lives hers. The speaker is great and really gives nice full sound. Great way to stay organized play music and listen to jokes all of the same time. It's good to have in the kitchen for recipes.
Is it better than the Amazon Echo? No not at all. Will it be better? Yes. Don't buy this device if you want it all right now. Save your money and by a echo Dot. However when phone integration comes on line. This is going to be the hardest thing in the world to find. Phone integration would allow Google Home to send, and read texts or tweets or update your Facebook. Will allow you to say "Ok Google call my wife*, Google will know who your wife is, make the call then use itsself like a speaker. Amazon Echo will never be able to do that.