What is Google Home and what does it do?

By Mike Atherton 01 Jul 2018
What is Google Home and what does it do?

The Smart Home is finally here, and the current generation of connected home-hubs ties everything together in a way that’s simple, elegant and helpful. Google Home is one of the most popular offerings – but what exactly is it, and what can it do?

Google is one of the great innovators of the tech world – but the Smart Home sector is one area where they’ve been playing catchup. Amazon is certainly the market leader when it comes to the number of people that use their Alexa smart assistant, but Google isn't far behind.

So let's take a closer look at what Google Home is – and what it does.

What is Google Home, and what does it do?


Google Home is a Smart Home 'hub' and to put it simply, it’s a small, unobtrusive speaker with a microphone, an always-on internet connection and a computer brain – not too different from the one in your smartphone.


As for what it does, one of the most useful functions is answering quick questions. Google Home is always listening, and when it hears its activation phrase "OK Google", it swings into action, carrying out your request or answering your question.

It links everything with your Google Calendar, Gmail and other Google services too, so Google Home becomes a really useful assistant - keeping track of your shopping lists, appointments and other things to help organise your life.

You can also stream music using the Google Home smart speaker, and because it's got Spotify and Google's Play Music service built-in, you can just say "OK Google, play me music by Jimi Hendrix” and you’ll be listening in seconds.


How does Google Home work with your Smart Home kit?


As well as answer your questions, play music, and help organise your life, Google Home also lets you control loads of other devices around your home with your voice.

Google Home is compatible with loads of popular Smart Home kit like Philips Hue lights, Nest and Hive home automation systems, and Samsung’s SmartThings range. So if you have a compatible smart home kit, like Philips Hue lights, all you need to do is say "OK Google, turn the lights on in the kitchen", and it'll leap into action.

Beyond the hardware, it can also connect with a full range of smart apps, like Spotify, YouTube and Netflix.

Hopefully, that's helped you understand more about what Google Home is, and what it can do. If you'd like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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