Google Home is a device that has created a lot of euphoria and stirred up the ever-growing smart speaker market. The good news is that it has finally arrived in India. It’s over a year since Google first unveiled Google Home smart speakers, and the company took center stage to officially launch the highly awaited device for the Indian market.
It is obvious that the Google Home launch means that the likes of Amazon’s Echo range of speakers just got tough competition. But before you get into the groove, the big question is, what is that which makes these Google Assistant-powered speakers different from other smart speakers? Well, below are seven amazing features of the newly launched Google Home that will make you want to buy one right away.
It is no new fact that Google Home’s launch means that the likes of Amazon’s Echo range of speakers just got tough competition. But what is that actually makes these Google Assistant-powered speakers different from other smart speakers? Here are seven killer features of the newly launched Google Home that will make you want to buy yours right away!
7 Amazing Features of Google Home
- Seamless audio playback from your phone
The first feature every smart speaker buyer looks for before buying the device is the ease of playing music on the device. Google Home simply excels in that aspect as it offers default playback through Google Play Music. The device also lets users pair up their music streaming platforms such as Saavn and Gaana. What this actually means is that all the music on your cellphone, be it the one downloaded on your phone or available on a streaming app, it can be seamlessly played on the smart speaker.
- One device for many years
One of the outstanding features of the Google Home that sets it apart from other smart speakers is that it can actually distinguish between multiple users. All you have to do is to sign up different users with different Google accounts, and say “Hey Google”, a couple of times, and the Google Home will be able to tell who is talking to it. Google’s neural network then compares the test sound with the actual command within a matter of milliseconds and responds according to the specific user’s preferences!
- Uber cool touch control
Besides offering voice command support for almost everything, the Google Home also allows users to control their media playback through simple touch gestures on the device. A single tap on the Google Home device plays and pauses media, while clockwise and anti-clockwise swipes on the top of the device turn the volume up and down. These features will come in handy in particular when a user has to immediately pause playback to, for instance, receive a call or if there is too much noise in the environment which might come in the device’s way of reacting to a command.
- Call and text without actually using your phone
If your smartphone is connected to a charger and plugged into a socket, or you are just feeling too lazy to get your phone from the other room, Google Home’s hands-free calling and texting support is a feature that can come in very handy. Again, since the device supports multiple users, a voice command like “Call mom” will be easily understood because the smart speaker will actually identify the voice and then dig up the particular user’s Google Contacts to make the call. Sending of text messages is also as easy as ABC. All you have to do is speak out the message, tell the device the recipient and your message will be sent.
- Find your lost phone
We all have experienced situations where we can’t really figure out where we left our phones, and then they just end up being somewhere inside the house. However, if you have configured your phone with Google Home’s Find My Phone feature, all you have to do is say “OK Google, ring my phone” or “OK Google, find my phone”. The smart speaker will make your phone ring, even if it is on silent mode until you actually locate where it is. As simple as ABC.
- Manage your schedule with My Day
If you are one of those who finds it difficult to manage their schedules, Google Home’s My Day might just be the right feature for you. All you need to do is to tap My Day in the Google Home app, set your preferences and Google combines weather forecast, traffic, news, reminders, calendar events, and upcoming flights, all in one place. All you have to do is say “OK Google, tell me about my day” and it will give you all the information you need.
- A highly customizable Night Mode
To make sure nothing comes between you and your sleep, Google has also built in a customizable Night Mode for the Google Home speaker. You can access this feature setting through the mobile app and set the maximum brightness and volume during the night. Finally, you should select a start and end time to toggle the mode on and off automatically. To add to that, users can also enable a “Do Not Disturb” mode which will mute reminders, messages, broadcasts, and other notifications during the night mode hours.