Google Home is officially set to launch in retail stores on November 4 for $129. Pre-orders start today. The smart home speaker, which was announced during Google’s I/O developer conference in May, will compete directly with the Amazon Echo.
It features a high-quality microphone for controlling the unit with your voice from across the room. A user can access Google Home with a simple command such as “OK Google, play music by The Rolling Stones.” It can tap into YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and more, so users aren’t tied to one service. Google Home is about more than just music, though.
Google Home Knowledge Graph
Using the Google Knowledge Graph, Google Home can answer more than 70 million facts. Maybe you want to know Adele’s real name, how many GRAMMY awards she has won or more. “If we can’t find a direct answer, we try to find a website that has the best answer to your question,” Google said, noting that this allows it to provide more answers. “OK Google, can dog’s eat chocolate?” was one question Google used as an example. “How do you get wine stains out of a rug?” was another. During Google’s presentation, Home was able to answer both… thoroughly. “It’s only something Google can do,” the company boasted.
Google Home for points of interest
Home provides local and traffic information, too, so you can find nearby stores, restaurants and more, and can tell you how long it’ll take to get there using different modes of transportation. Eventually, users will be able to send directions to their phones. It’s a bit strange this feature is missing at launch.
Google Home My Day
Google Home can also help manage everyday tasks. “My day” is a new feature that allows Home, with a user’s permission, to summarize your day. “OK Google, Good morning,” executes the “My day,” function providing information on the weather, your commute to work, your calendar appointment and reminders. If you want, you can use Home to manage a shopping list, too.
Google Home Partners
Partners will integrate with Google Home as well, which means third-party app support. Nest, Smart Things, Philips Hue and IFTTT are a few with support out of the gate. Chromecast and Chromecast Audio support Google Home as well, so you can ask it to play YouTube videos or audio right on your TV or speakers. Netflix and Google Photos support is coming soon, in addition to support from other third-party apps.
Google Home Multi-room audio support
Google Home will support playback across multiple units at the same time, so you can play music in every room. With multiple units, Google will smartly understand which one you’re closest to – the device that hear’s you best – will respond.
Google Home Release Date
Google Home is open for pre-order today and will ship to retail stores on November 4. It’ll have several colors available for the base.