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Old 10-04-2016, 08:16 PM   #1
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Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, "Ok Google".
Important Links --> Google Home | Home Help | Home Video | Wikipedia | Archives | offers


Google Home Features

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  • Media --> Games -- Music -- Podcasts -- Radio
  • News --> News -- Sports -- Traffic -- Weather
  • Office --> Calendar -- Dictionary -- Translation
  • Tools --> Alarm -- Calculator -- Timer
  • other --> Shopping List


Google Home Services

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  • Music
  • YouTube Music
  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • TuneIn Radio

  • Smart Home
  • Google Chromecast
  • Nest
  • Philips Hue
  • SmartThings
  • IFTTT

  • Video (Chromecast required)
  • YouTube

  • Tasks
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Keep


Google Home Specs --> iFixit Teardown

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  • Released --> xx Nov 2016
  • Generation --> 1st Gen
  • Pricing --> $129
  • CPU -->
  • Speed -->
  • RAM -->
  • ROM -->
  • WiFi --> 802.11 ac -- dual band 2.4GHz/ 5GHz
  • Bluetooth -->
  • Microphones -->
  • Speakers --> 1 x 2.0" driver -- 2 x 2.0" passive radiators
  • Ports --> power in
  • Dimensions --> 5.62" x 3.79" x 3.79" x 16.8 oz
  • Power --> 16.5V -- 2A
  • Warranty -->
  • In-the-Box -->
  • Notes -->

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Old 10-05-2016, 04:46 AM   #2
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I've had my eye first on the Amazon Echo and later on Google Home. The Echo isn't available in the Netherlands and I had hoped that Home would be. Especially when I got an email from Google last night inviting me to pre-order the Google Home. But I couldn't. From what I've read it won't be available until it supports Dutch language. Understandable, but nonetheless annoying for us Dutchies that speak English well enough (or think we do) and want to get our hands on it.

At least the Dutch Google Store has a page for the Google Home, which is slightly encouraging.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:39 AM   #3
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:42 PM   #4
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I'm heavily invested in Alexa with 2 Echos, 1 Dot and three other Alexa enabled devices, but I have to admit, I just might be a bit premature. Google now has always been the go to place for answers; often when Alexa doesn't know the answer, Google Now gets it spot on.

Oh well, I guess I just keep using Alexa for music, home automation, shopping lists and timers/alarms; and my phone for answers.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:02 PM   #5
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I'm heavily invested in Alexa with 2 Echos, 1 Dot and three other Alexa enabled devices, but I have to admit, I just might be a bit premature. Google now has always been the go to place for answers; often when Alexa doesn't know the answer, Google Now gets it spot on.

Oh well, I guess I just keep using Alexa for music, home automation, shopping lists and timers/alarms; and my phone for answers.
I rarely ask Alexa or OK Google (they really need to come up with a better name than that) questions, so that's a feature that means very little to me.

If the Echo did nothing more than stream music and audio, I'd still consider it money well spent and I'd still get several Dots.

Edit: The Echo plays Amazon Music and Audible, and the Home will never have those services. That's a deal breaker for me, especially since Amazon is about to release a paid streaming music service exclusively for Echo device owners.
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Old 10-12-2016, 04:52 PM   #6
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8 things Alexa can do that Google's Assistant can't

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Google Home may have crashed the smart-speaker party, but it still has some tricks to learn from Alexa.

It was only a matter of time before Amazon Echo got some competition. Google Home was announced last week and while we haven't yet tested it, it looks like it'll be a worthy competitor to Amazon Echo.

But even though Google Home can do a lot that the Echo can't -- like contextual conversations or throwing images and videos to your televisions -- it has plenty of catching-up to do with Alexa.

Here are eight things Amazon's assistant can do that Google's can't.
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