Google's new smarthome assistant controls all connected devices in your house
As Google wants to be in everyone's home, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced its new smarthome controller, the Google Home, which is a small Wi-Fi connected speaker with a built-in voice activated assistant that will let you control any connected home devices.
At launch it will be compatible with any device from Nest, SmartThings, Philips or IFTTT.
Users can also use it to control other Google devices such as Chromecast. For example, with Chromecast connected to your television, you can say, "OK, Google. Watch Stranger Things on my TV," and it will launch Netflix and start streaming the show. You can also command it to play YouTube videos.
Google is also promoting the Home's music playing abilities since it has a built-in speaker. It will stream music from YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tunein, and iHeart Radio. Powered by OK Google algorithms, the Google Home is smart enough to find music even if you don't know the actual name of the song.
If you connect the Google Home to your Google Account, it will access your calendar and schedule, and it will remind your important events before you leave in the morning. It will also inform you about the weather, and traffic conditions.
The Google Home will be available in November for USD 129 (PhP 6,220) and will come with a free six month subscription to YouTube Red.