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Google Home teardown reveals it’s basically a Chromecast

by Brandon Russell | November 7, 2016November 7, 2016 2:30 pm PST

We already knew Google Home would use similar technology to the Chromecast. Now, we have confirmation the two are almost identical—at least internally.

In a new teardown from iFixit, it’s revealed the Home’s processor, flash memory and RAM and the exact same chips found in the second-generation Chromecast. The only real difference is Google added an audio amplifier, which was needed since Home is a smart speaker.

Aside from that, there’s not much to Google Home. The good news is Google Home got a good repairability score, as many of the components are modular and can be replaced individually. However, iFixit says a few of the pieces are hard to take apart, so inexperienced tinkerers might find it hard to repair.

Is Google Home worth it?

In our review of Google Home, we found the smart speaker to be a worthy competitor to the Amazon Echo. However, it’s still unable to perform basic functions, which means it has a long road ahead before it’s the best smart speaker on the market.

The fact that it’s only $129 as opposed to the Echo’s asking price of $179 is a good start. Now, it just needs a few tweaks and Google Home will be everything Echo is and more.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...