In this post, we are going to share a lot of cool things about Google home. In fact, you can achieve a lot of work using Google home from knowing the weather, playing your favorite songs, turning on the lights in your room, switching on the TV, playing on your favorite TV shows and many more. Over the years Google home has done a pretty tremendous job and by now most of us are pretty much aware as to what Google home is. However, there are many things that you still ought to know about Google home and in this post, we are going to share certain important things which you didn't know about Google home as of yet. Do you know you can actually stream Netflix shows using Google home? Also, you can broadcast a message in various rooms in a house using Google home. How about using Google home as a personal chef in your kitchen? If you are wondering if that’s for real, the answer is certainly yes.
Although there is no denying the fact that Amazon's Alexa is the first voice assistant to have made an excellent mark of difference and is increasingly getting popular, Google home is no lesser and in fact, there are a lot of fun things you can actually do with Google home no matter you have a Home mini or Home Max. Google Home allows you to control over 1500 Smart home devices that can be light bulbs, TV, music systems and more. On top of that Google home continually keeps adding more new and exciting features to help you do more with it. Before we discuss the best things that you can probably do with Google home, let's first start with something called the actions. Google home Actions are just like Alexa skills that offer an extended functionality to Google home. Using actions you can play a movie from Netflix instead of playing a movie from Google movies. Usually, most Actions work automatically but there are a few services such as IFTTT that need to be set up first. Also, you can check the Explore menu of the Google Home to find out a lot more tricks for making the most out of it. If you are a hardware manufacturer and want to enable custom google home skills for your hardware or device then you have to contact google home actions developer to build actions for yours.
Stream Music & Play That Song
Google Home has the right mix of excellent Bluetooth speaker and Google’s brilliant intelligence. This is why, it’s time to say goodbye to your desktop speakers and stream your favorite music, Google Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more using the Google Cast feature. On top of that, Google Home lets you skip tracks or turn up the volume and more using your voice. Another salient feature of Google Home is the “Play that Song” feature wherein even if you aren’t really aware of the exact title of the song that you want to listen to, you could simply say “Ok Google, play that song that says ‘I stay out too late, got nothin' in my brain’ and it will right away play ‘Shake it off’ by Taylor Swift.
Track of the Cheapest Flights
Everyone loves saving some money on things we buy and this holds true for flight tickets as well. Do you know Google Home can actually help you find the cheapest flights? If you don’t, you had better start believing that it’s for real. Supposing you want to know the cost for a flight from New York to Los Angeles, all you have to do is say, OK Google, how much does it cost to fly from New York to Los Angeles today, returning Friday?” Google Home will at once find and announce the lowest roundtrip cost for you. Isn’t that an amazing feature? In addition, it actually helps to closely track the most reasonably priced flights for you and email the summary to your Gmail inbox.
Play games with Google Home
If ever you almost feel like wanting to an amazing play an amazing android game with someone but you don’t anyone around you, you don’t need to feel upset at all. You can actually play games with Google Home. You can play games like Mad Libs or Lucky Trivia. Supposing you want to play Lucky Trivia with Google Home, all you have to say is “OK Google, play Lucky Trivia.” In times to come, Google is expected to load more of such games that you actually play with Google Home.
Different Response for Different Voices
Google Home is pretty smart in detecting different voices in your home which is why you can always expect different responses for different voices from Google Home. Supposing, you ask as to how long it will take to reach your office, Google Home will respond to that at once in the most accurate way. However, in case your partner goes to office too every day and ask the same question, Google Home will respond in a different way. Of course, you can rest assured of the most accurate response from Google Home since it is pretty smart in identifying the different voices.
Google Home Shortcuts
Time is crucial and with fewer words, we save more time. This can be actually put into use even when you are using Google Home. If you are aware of it as of yet, it is a very handy feature that is going to make things a lot faster for you. Also, with long commands there’s a considerable chance of going wrong sometimes, isn’t it? With Google Home Shortcuts, you can say “OK Google, good night” instead of “Hey Google, turn off all the lights in the house.” To create such shortcuts, you can open Google Home on your Smartphone and go to settings. Under more settings, you will find the option called, “Shortcuts.”
Google Home Helps Math, Facts, and Spellings
Do you know Google Home can of great help in studies too? You can get help pertaining to any subject, be it Math, History, Geography or any other subject. Supposing you want to know the square root of 679, you can simply say, “OK Google, what’s the square root of 679?” Likewise, you may ask a history related question such as “OK Google, who founded the United States?” You can even take help relating to the spelling of a certain word from Google Home; For Example “OK Google, how do you spell ‘ramification’?” Also, you can ask Google Home to define thing such as “OK Google, what’s ‘quantum theory’?”
Amazing Volume Control using Voice
Another cool feature is the fact that Google Home volume can be adjusted using voice. A lot of people might exclaim like “what’s the point?” but trust me, Google really has a brilliant point behind incorporating this feature. Let’s help you comprehend this feature with an example. If ever you are listening to your favorite song really loud on Google Home and meanwhile you receive an important call, won’t you turn down the volume a little bit? What if you are away from the device? In that case, you only need to utter the words, “OK Google, volume at 20%,” and the rest is magic!
Get Things More Organized than Ever Before
If there’s one app that strikes our mind first the moment we think of productivity or getting things organized, it’s none other than the great Google Calendar and with Google Home, you can now add events to your Google Calendar such as “Ok Google, add lunch with Tracy tomorrow at 1 PM to my calendar.” Also, Google Home lets you access your calendar without having to actually open the calendar app and if you are wondering as to how is that possible, all you have to do is simply ask Google Home, “OK Google, what meetings do I have today?”
A Comprehensive Summary of Weather, Events, and News
How about getting updated with some of the important facts and figures every morning as you wake up? Google Home can help you keep up with the date and time, latest news, weather reports and calendar events. All you have to say is just, “OK Google, tell me about my day.”
Using Voice for Cleaning up the Dust and Dirt
Now, this is a feature that most of you might find pretty difficult to digest. A lot of you would be like, “ Are you kidding me?” and it’s pretty normal for one to find it a bit strange as this is a one of a kind feature but this is for real provided that you own a Roomba. Once you pair Roomba with Google Home, all you have to do is say “Ok Google, ask Roomba to start cleaning.”
Google and Amazon have certainly had a huge participation in Artificial intelligence and its practical implementations. Both the companies define smart home in all sense. Hopefully, A lot of users who have been using Google Home for past sometime will find this post a lot informative and most of you will be like, “where were these tips all this while?”
Author Bio: James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor - currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India.