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Google Home Update Adds 12 New Partners, Including August Home

Google launched its voice-activated speaker in 2016 and is preparing for roll out in UK and Europe on April 6, 2017. The Google Home is a big competitor of the Amazon Echo, which launched on June 23, 2015. This time difference gave the Echo a huge start, with over 10,000 “skills”, but the Google Home is dedicated to proving its potential in the Smart Home industry.

After a major update, Google Home users can now utilize the Google Assistance to control third-party connected devices from 12 different companies, including Lifx, August, Rachio, Wink, First Alert, TP-Link, Vivint, Frigidaire, Best Buy Insignia, Geeni, Anova and Logitech Harmony.

 

August Smart Lock

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Google Rolls Out New Actions For Its Network-Connected Speaker – Home

Anxious consumers, who preordered the Google Home finally, received news that their order was being shipped on November 16, 2016. Many customers were thrilled with their purchase, but others not so much, with complaints ranging from lack of versatility, to the inability to create a calendar. With this said, Google home is showing a ton of potential, but it has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon’s Echo.

 

Google Home Smart Speaker

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Smart Home Devices Are The Perfect Gift For A Couch Potato

Smart-connected devices are blowing up the market, because they offer innumerable benefits. For instance, a Smart remote control can be used to activate an electric outlet, switching the connected appliance or device on/off, from across the room. More and more consumers are filling their home with Smart Home appliances, electronics, lighting fixtures and other home accessories. All the while, the universal remote continues to get smarter and more powerful.

 

Samsung Smart TV

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The Music Industry Is Being Revolutionized By Smart Home Technology

Smart-Connect Technology has already taken over the lock, appliance, and automotive industry. This innovative technology provides home and business owners with additional security, energy saving benefits, and complete control from smartphones. With this said, manufacturers in the music industry are catching on to the increased popularity of the IoT and Smart Home Technology. There are several Smart devices on the market that can stream music from smartphones and tablets. These devices may include anything from light fixtures to portable speakers such as the Amazon Echo.

 

Amazon Smart Speaker Echo

Amazon Echo, With Alexa

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Google Preparing To Roll Out Home, A Smart Home Assistant Device

Google gradually enters the Smart Home industry, with plans to take on the Amazon Echo. The Google Home was announced in May and is expected to hit the market on November 4, 2016. Home operates on Google’s new voice assistant, which is also embedded into Google’s first smartphone, “Pixel”. The company hopes the intuitive Assistant will deliver a “two-way conversation”, just like Facebook Messenger’s chat-bots.

 

Google Home Smart Speaker

 

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Amazon’s Echo May Have Some Competition With Google’s Home

Last week, Google revealed to the world that they were planning to develop a Smart Home speaker. This device would replicate Amazon’s Echo, potentially making it a huge competitor. Amazon has definitely had great success with the Echo, with over 3 million sales. Google has high expectations for the Home and hopes to surpass these numbers. When comparing the Echo and Home, one can instantly see the major design differences. While, both of these devices have a cylinder design, they look nothing alike.

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One of the most notable features of the Goggle Home is the versatile modular case. Google will offer shells of various colors, so consumers can easily customize the device to match their home decor or personality.  The Echo is embedded with a Light Ring that emits a vivid blue colored light, which looks outstanding, when the lights are dim. Well, Google’s Home is embedded with LEDs that will flicker, when the device is turned on.

Unfortunately this is another non-portable Smart speaker, but as you well know, this has not deterred consumers from investing in the Echo. With the Google Home, users will have the option of enhancing the speaker’s ability, by connecting it to other third party Smart speakers. The joined speakers will automatically become voice activated, meaning that you can talk to any one of them and command it to play your favorite tunes on the other speakers.

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As of right now, Google Home is limited in third party compatibility options. This is unlike the Echo, which is compatible with Nest, Wink, SmartThings, WeMo, Phillips Hue, Insteon, and Echobee. But, this does not seem to worry Google in the least.

The Google Home will not be released until sometime later this year, so all interested consumers will need to wait to find out what this device can offer.

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