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Unboxing and first contact with Google Home.
Close encounters of the third kind with our home assistant? It’s not an extraterrestrial but definitely a choice new occupant of our smart house, an unusual inhabitant that we were impatient to meet.
After the Smartphone assistants like “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, with their various imperfections, now they’re coming as autonomous speakers: first Google Home and soon (postponed to 2018) the Apple Homepod.
It’s time to start unboxing the Google Home in this video episode of the Revo-Rama!
Waking up Google Home through its mobile app for iOS and Android.
It’s time to wake up our sleeping beauty. To do this, you need the Google application, which we already use for Chromecast. Unlucky, we had to start again as the application bugged. Set up is pretty standard, you connect to Google Home, tell it which WiFi network to use, give it a name…
The second stage is connecting services that it can use. There are lots of connected objects on the list, but the only things we have from this list are the Philips Hue lamps and Chromecast. We would have hoped BBox Miami (under Google TV) might have slipped into the list to control the TV and the Replay, but apparently not.
The real disappointment was the IFTTT whose applets/applications don’t work. Is this because we’re using French? Impossible. It’s a pity because it would have enabled us to post on the social networks among other things. The French have always had problems with the Google and Apple services.
Off we go to install and wake up Google Home in this video episode of the Revo-Rama!
Surrealist conversations with Google Home. There’s still a long way to go.
We tested Google Home for a month, and the good news is that it’s still here. Certain commands work well, for example the Hue lamps (switch on / switch off / change colour), the weather, radio streaming, enough to start enjoying it.
Unfortunately it doesn’t always understand us and we have to repeat ourselves a lot. Or her answers are surrealist (beyond Wikipedia and certain sources) like offering to get us to Orlando by bus. It’s gonna be complicated.
The biggest disappointment was its incompatibility with iTunes / Apple Music (we should have expected this). Worse still, streaming from Spotify on Mac OS only worked once (or it can’t find the peripheral device), and when you ask it to find a particular song it can have disastrous results. We were pretty disappointed with the speaker function and hoping to get comfort from the Homepod.
Check out our full tests and discussions with Google Home in this new Revo-Rama video! Don’t miss the part with Karen Cheryl!
To sum up, we’ve got mixed feelings. There’s definitely room for improvement, and we’re keeping an eye open to see how Google reacts, as we did for the instant translation and the Waymo autonomous car!