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The complete list of services with Google Home support (Updated)







Google Home is supposed to be the central hub for all your connected devices. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to turn on your connected lights via voice command or play the first season of Stranger Things on your television, Google Home will help you do just that.

The success of Google’s connected speaker depends heavily on what services support it, though. If your favorite music streaming services or smart home devices aren’t compatible with Google Home, you’re not going to have a good time with it.


Although Google Home has only been out for a few months, plenty of popular apps and services have added support for the connected speaker. Wondering which services have Google Home support? You can find the full list below.

Editor’s note: We will update this list as more services add support for Google Home.

Audio




Google Home currently has support for a number of popular music streaming services, including Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. Whichever service you’re using, you’ll be able to stream music from your favorite artists, genres, playlists and albums. Do note that Google Home only supports one account per streaming service at the moment.

Supported services:

  • Google Play Music
  • YouTube Music (US only) (requires YouTube Red subscription)
  • Spotify
  • Pandora (US only)
  • TuneIn
  • iHeartRadio


Don't miss:

Google Home review

November 18, 2016




Smart home




If you happen to own any smart home devices, you can use Google Home to control them via voice command. Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings and a few other services are supported here, and we’re happy to see most of the well-known brands on the list.

Supported services:

  • Nest Thermostats
  • Philips Hue
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Honeywell
  • Belkin Wemo
  • Wink
  • TP-Link
  • LIFX
  • Best Buy Insignia
  • If This Then That, by IFTTT
  • Osram
  • Lowes Iris
  • Lutron Caseta
  • iHome
  • Emberlight
  • Leviton
  • Artik Cloud
  • iDevices (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • NuBryte
  • Universal Devices (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • Mobilinc (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • LightwaveRF
  • Plum
  • Voice UPB Bridge
  • Smartika
  • Nanoleaf
  • Hive
  • Awair
  • D-Link
  • Wiz
  • Deako
  • Geeni

It’s worth pointing out that Google Home technically supports more smart home services than the ones listed above, if you’re an IFTTT user. With IFTTT, you can control your LIFX, Logitech Harmony, Rachio devices and more, plus a ton of other non-smart home services like Evernote, Fitbit and Withings. For a complete list of services compatible with Google Assistant, head here.

Streaming devices




Do you own a Chromecast, smart TV or connected audio device? If so, you can use Google Home to control those products, too. Just say something like “Hey Google, play the latest video from Android Authority on my Chromecast” or “Hey Google, play Stranger Things on my TV”.

Supported services:

  • Google Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast Ultra)
  • Vizio
  • Toshiba
  • Philips
  • Sony
  • Bang & Olufson
  • B&O PLAY
  • Grundig
  • Polk Audio


See also:

Roku Stick (2016) vs Chromecast (2015)

May 17, 2016




Videos and photos




Have a YouTube video you’d like to watch on your television? What about a photo album that you’d like to show your friends and family on the big screen? As long as you have a Chromecast or a device that features Chromecast built-in, you can access YouTube, Netflix and Google Photos via voice command.

Supported services:

  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Google Photos

Tasks


Frequent user of Google Calendar or Google Keep? Good news – you can use your Google Home to schedule events, add things to your shopping list, and more.

Supported services:

  • Google Calendar

Again, this is a scenario where IFTTT really comes in handy. The automation service currently supports Google Drive, Todoist, Slack and plenty of other productivity and task management applications that Google Home doesn’t support out of the box.

Games and fun


It’s all fun and games until… well, it can be fun and games all the time if you really want it to be. Play Mad Libs with your Google Home. It’s a lot of fun.

Supported services:

  • Mad Libs

There are a few other tricks up Google Home’s sleeve. Try saying “Play Lucky Trivia”, “Crystal ball”, or “What are your Easter eggs?”.

Anything else?




Yes! In addition to any Chromecast-enabled audio app, there are tons of other third-party applications that have added support for Google Home. In fact, Google just recently added over 30 new services back in December 2016. The entire list of third-party apps is far too long to attach here, but we’ll point you to some of the more popular options below:

  • AutoVoice – Run your voice commands in Tasker with the help of the AutoVoice Android app
  • BuzzFeed – Take a fun daily quiz from BuzzFeed
  • CNBC – CNBC brings you the most up-to-date business and stock news, market insights and CNBC TV schedules
  • CNN – CNN delivers real-time updates and breaking news stories from reporters and anchors across the globe
  • Domino’s – The Domino’s action can place your most recent or Easy Order, & track orders with Domino’s Tracker
  • FitStar Personal Trainer – Get a total body workout with FitStar in just seven minutes
  • Food Network – Food Network recipe and schedule search
  • Genius – Look up songs by their lyrics
  • HuffPost Headline Quiz – Think you’re up-to-date on the week’s news? Play the HuffPost Headline Quiz to find out!
  • NPR One – Public Radio made personal
  • Quora – Ask questions and get answers from experts on Quora
  • The Wall Street Journal – Business & Markets News from The Wall Street Journal
  • Uber – Ride with Uber for fast, reliable rides that are affordable and available 24/7
  • WebMD – WebMD has the answers to your health questions, from conditions to drugs to side effects and more

To find the full list of services with Google Home support, open your Google Home app, then go to Settings>More settings>Services.

Some services require you to link the service account to your Google account before you can use it with Google Home. From the Services section in your Google Home app, tap the card of the service you want to link, tap Link Service, then sign in to the service. And that’s it – you should now be able to use your favorite services with Google Home.
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Google Home now supports Bluetooth music streaming







Google is now rolling out an update for Bluetooth streaming support on the Google Home. This means you’ll be able to use your Google Home more like a typical Bluetooth speaker to stream audio from your Android or iOS smartphone.

The functionality is rolling out with firmware version 90387 (judging by screenshots from Android Police), and means you no longer need to have a Google Cast-enabled device to stream your favorite tunes.




This will come as welcome to news to Google Home owners as the device had been limited in this regard since its release last November, despite that it always housed the hardware to make it a perfectly serviceable Bluetooth speaker (and it’s audio quality is rather impressive). In our original Google Home review, we noted that these limitations were one of the main downsides of the product, so we’re pleased to see this get addressed.


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In other recent news, research suggests that the Google Home is six times more likely to answer a question than its competitor the Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo has had Bluetooth audio streaming features for much longer, though.

As Amazon, Google and others battle to take control of your household with their proprietary connected speakers, you can expect these devices to improve pretty quickly. Amazon has just recently a model that includes a built-in display — the Amazon Echo Show. Perhaps Google will soon follow suit.





The Bluetooth streaming update will be rolling out to Google Home devices over the next few days; give your Home a restart if you want to try and scan for it now.
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Here is the Google Home Mini, the Smaller $49 Google Home





When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product announcements too. We’ve heard rumors about a Google Home “mini” possibly being on the way and today we can confirm that it exists, how much it costs, and the colors it’ll be available in. This is the Google Home Mini.


According to the information we’ve viewed, the Google Home Mini (official name) will arrive in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors. The Google Home Mini will be powered rather than wireless, at least according to the images here. This Google Home Mini will be able to help you with your schedule, set reminders, grab news, and other Home-related inquiries. It’ll cost just $49 and is, of course, sports Google Assistant.
As you can see from the images we’ve included in this post, it looks a lot like a Google Home that has been pressed or sat on. You have colored bases that match the color of the top, soft portion of the unit. So unlike the original Google Home that had swappable bases, it looks like the mini may not have that same luxury. Instead, you’ll get a dark base for the Charcoal unit, white base for Chalk (grey), and coral for Coral. Those appear to be lights on top of each unit as well, likely to let you know that you are interacting with Home Mini, just like we see from the multi-colored LEDs are the current Google Home.
Once live on the Google Store, you’ll be able to buy it right here.
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Everything you need to know about Google Home Max



Google Home can do a lot of things for us, but in no place does it excel quite like music.
Today, Google expanded the Google Home collection with both the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max. The Mini aims to put Google Assistant in every room of your house, but Google Home Max is meant for music lovers who want to fill their rooms or their whole home with rich, beautiful sound. So, what makes the Google Home Max better for your home than the recently Alexa-upgraded Sonos speakers or Apple's upcoming HomePod?
Google Home Max is the largest of the Google Home devices, and there's quite a bit under the cloth speaker cover. Two 4.5-inch woofers and 0.7-inch tweeters will fill even the biggest rooms in your home with sound, but it's not enough to blast louder if doesn't acclimate to your acoustic space.
Smart Sound is Google's answer, a feature that calibrates the soundstage based on your room's dimensions and the kind of audio you're listening to. Smart Sound senses the room it's in and uses machine learning to keep your music sounding as good as it can. If Smart Sound sounds like Sonos's Trueplay, that's because they are similar. The difference is that Google Home Max will do it without having to dig into apps and tune it yourself.

Google Home Max, like all Google Homes, will feature Google Cast capability in order to stream a variety of music services, from Spotify to YouTube Music and Google Play Music, but this big beautiful speaker can also play music via Bluetooth and an auxiliary port, so you can plug in your old iPod or that fancy turntable and get the Home Max's beautifully smart sound combined with your hi-fi vinyl.
Google Home Max is 20 times more powerful than the original Google Home, and you can place it vertically or horizontally anywhere in your home, and reposition as needed. Because the base for the Home Max is magnetic, you don't have to worry about rubber feet sticking out when you rotate your Home Max the other direction. Google Home Max can link up with any other Google Cast speaker in your home and, of course, can be paired with each other, should you want two Google Home Max in your living room in order to rattle the rafters as you rock out.

The Google Home Max is coming this December at $399, which prices it around Sonos' Play3 and Play5 speakers, as well as Apple's HomePod, which will be hitting store shelves around that time. Google is hoping that by leveraging the Google Assistant's AI prowess, machine learning advancements, and the ease of a well-established Google Cast system will give it an edge this holiday shopping season.






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Google's even throwing in a 12-month subscription to YouTube Red/YouTube Music/Google Play Music to get your jams flowing while you're starting out with the product. Considering Google Home's voice commands are currently the best way to control music in your home, it's not hard to imagine users buying in this winter.
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Before the Pixel 2 event took place and we saw the new Google Home Mini and Max announced, there were rumors that Google was working on another variant of Home which included a display. This rumor was compounded by the fact that Google removed the ability for Amazon Echo Show users to watch YouTube videos from the home assistant. Unfortunately, the Pixel 2 event came and went with no mention of another new Home product which would feature a display.
Thanks to a new APK teardown from at Android Police, it seems that Google is actually preparing this new Home device thanks to some clues hidden in the code for the updated Google app. According to the teardown, the codename for the new Google Home is “Quartz” and there are mentions of this codename all over the code for the Google app.
Some examples come in the form of voice command prompts, along with the ability to set timers, control media, check the weather, and more. However, the biggest hint of the display comes thanks to new code being used to control YouTube with nothing more than your voice. The teardown suggests this is a new layout dedicated to YouTube on Google Home, something that is possible with the help of a Chromecast but could be more useful if the Home product has a built-in display.
Personally, I can see the usefulness of something like the Amazon Echo Show or this Google Home “Quartz”, but my biggest concern will be the design and the price tag. I doubt that Quartz will be priced as high as the Google Home Max, but there’s really no telling at this point in the game.
Let us know what you think about this new Google Home device and if you’d be interested in snagging one for yourself.
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Google Home Max Hits the FCC



Since we’re only a few weeks away from December, the launch month for Google Home Max, it makes sense that the product has now stopped through the FCC for all of the needed approvals. The biggest member of the Home family showed up today, to be exact, under FCC ID A4R-H0B.
If that ID looks familiar, that’s for good reason. The original Google Home was A4R-H0ME and the recently released Google Home Mini was A4R-H0A. You can see the ID below as it’ll show on the label for Home Max.
The FCC docs don’t reveal much or give 100% confirmation that this is Google Home Max, but what else could it be? The naming scheme lines up with previous Home units, it’s referred to as a “multimedia device,” they tested both 2.4GHz and 5GHz MIMO WiFi as well as Bluetooth, and the power requirements (100-240V) match the requirements on the Google Store’s listing for it.
Google hasn’t provided us an exact date yet, but the Google Home Max will go on sale in December for $399.
// FCC | 9to5Google
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