Virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa are becoming more and more part of our daily lives. Recently, Google took out its competitor from Amazon’s product. Aptly named, Google Home, the Google Home Assistant can help you in surprising ways that you might not have realized at first. Here are 15 features that might surprise you.
1. Use it as a speaker
It is common knowledge that it is equipped with a Bluetooth speaker. However, there is more to that than just logging into your phone and playing playlists. It can connect to many music streaming services, like Spotify and Pandora. Not only that, but with a built-in Chrome browser on any computer, you can easily connect your computer to it and use it as a desktop speaker.
2. Read the news of 1851
It has a database of headlines dating back to 1851. All you have to do is ask for the news on a specific day. He will then read the headlines of that day and summarize the news in this article.
3. Find your phone
With a simple phrase, Google Home Assistant can make a call on your phone to help you find it. If your phone is on silent or vibrate mode and is compatible with Google Home, it will even wake up silent so you hear its ringtone.
4. Turn your lights on or off
It is touted as the central hub for all your smart devices. If you have compatible lights such as Phillips Hue bulbs, you can ask it to turn the lights off and on for you without flipping a switch.
5. Use touch controls
It is equipped with touch technology that knows where your fingers are and can record many gestures. You can press the top to pause and resume the music and sliding your finger to the side opens the volume control. Google has promised more touch control functionality in the future.
6. Get an Uber
By connecting your Uber app to Google Home and specifying a few settings, you can ask it for an Uber and one will go straight to your home in a matter of minutes.
7. Cooking recipes
Perhaps one of the most useful functions, it can search over five million recipes through multiple databases such as the New York Time and Food Network. The Google Home Assistant will go through the recipe step by step and you can even ask it for conversions and ingredient substitutions.
8. Play 20 questions
It is connected to Akinator, which is an online version of 20 questions. You just think of something, and Akinator, through Google Home, will ask you questions to narrow it down. It is perfect when you are bored or want to occupy your children.
9. Keep a shopping list
Google Home has a lot of features in the kitchen. If you notice that you are missing something, just ask Google Assistant to add the item to your shopping list. This shopping list is automatically sent to any built-in phone or smart device.
10. Integrate with Chromecast
If you have Chromecast, Google’s home TV option, you can use Google Home and voice commands to control it. You can request specific videos or tell it to go back, forward, or skip to a specific time.
11. Know your traffic
By adding your home and workplace to its app, Google Home Assistant can let you know about traffic conditions and possible alternative routes you can take to save time.
12. Impress your guests
It also allows your guests to use it. All they have to do is pair their device with Google Home, a step that literally takes a few seconds. Once it’s associated, they can issue commands and ask questions however you can.
13. See your photos on TV
It can have access to your photo accounts, like Google Photo and Photobucket. Once you’ve done that, you can use Chromecast to view your photos on TV and even request specific photos based on location and date.
It comes with over 15 ambient sounds including forest vibe and crashing waves to help you relax or fall asleep.
15. Listen to a joke
He can even tell jokes. Just ask and you will receive.
With all of these things you can do with Google Home and more features being added soon, now is a great time to buy this fantastic home assistant.