If you’re a techie you’ll have heard about Google Home, but for many there’ll be some head scratching.
We’ll start with something simple – this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I don’t see your gadget-illiterate parents welcoming this into the home, but I don’t think that’s who they had in mind when they designed it.
Let’s get some basics from Pocket Lint:
Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker that also works as a smarthome control centre and an assistant for the whole family. You can use it to playback entertainment throughout your entire house, effortlessly manage every-day tasks, and ask Google what you want to know.
The device itself has interchangeable bases available in various colours and finishes (such as metal and fabric, allowing you to match it to your decor). Underneath that swappable shell there is a speaker that can playback songs and allow Google Assistant to talk to you. It appears to be pretty small, as a Google executive was able to easily hold it in one hand while unveiling Google Home.
Meh, let’s just take a look at their intro video:
Google Assistant seems to be one of the big drawcards here, so let’s see what that fuss is about:
…It basically improves the two-way conversation experience of Google Now thanks to AI and machine learning.
These advances basically add context to your questions. For instance, when you say “OK Google” followed by “What’s playing tonight?”, Google Assistant will show films at your local cinema. But if you add “We’re planning on bringing the kids”, Google Assistant will know to serve up showtimes for kid-friendly films. You could then say “Let’s see Jungle Book”, and Assistant will buy tickets.
You can even ask “Is Jungle Book any good”, and then the assistant will display reviews, ratings, and a trailer. Notice Google Assistant is able to string your questions together in order to determine context and serve up the right information. It can do basic stuff like retrieve your travel itinerary, daily schedule, commute time to work, package delivery information, and more.
Well, that’s quite nice.
You can run through a full review HERE, but as of yesterday (November 4) you can now pre-order one.
It’s not going to cost an arm and a leg either, retailing on Walmart for $129 (R1780), so who wants to be the first in South Africa to own one?
You’ll have to hurdle the fact that Walmart doesn’t deliver to SA, but by now we’ve told you how easy that is to overcome. You chat to the folks at Postbox Courier, who will handle all the hassle and make sure your Google Home gadget touches down without a hitch.
Here’s how they work:
Postbox Courier is reliable, quick and easy to use – just follow their simple steps:
Look at you leading the way with your new toy, so sophisticated.
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