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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.
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The Google Home has a hidden API that local devices can use




The Google Home works with a massive number of smart home products, but developers looking to tinker with it are usually out of luck. It doesn't have any kind of public API, so custom functionality can really only be added through IFTTT (or by writing your own Assistant app). Now there is a way to obtain some data from a Google Home, as one developer has discovered an undocumented API that the Google Home uses.
The developer, who goes by rithvikvibhu on Reddit, created a list of API calls by intercepting network requests from the Google Home app. The commands use simple GET/POST methods, and return data in JSON format. In other words, they are incredibly easy to use, as long as you know the IP address of the Google Home on your network (which can be found at the bottom of the 'Device settings' page on the Google Home app).
Obtaining a list of remembered Wi-Fi networks with Advanced REST client
This API can be used to retrieve upcoming alarms, view connected Wi-Fi networks/Bluetooth devices, and more. Some settings can be changed using this method, like night mode, the device name, and whether or not the Preview Program is used. The API is only accessible to devices running on the same network.
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I tried most of the commands in the documentation, and most of them worked on my Google Home and Home Mini. The commands for rebooting the device and changing the Wi-Fi network didn't seem to work, and the developer states that command is "Not tested." I was unable to check if these commands work with third-party Assistant speakers, since I don't own any.

Changing the name of my Google Home to "AAAAA" using the API
It's worth noting that this API doesn't expose any private data, but I do wonder why some of these commands don't require any authentication. Worst case scenario, a malicious program running on your network could change the name of your Google Home or mess with night mode.
If you're interested in playing with this for yourself, you can find the unofficial documentation at the source link below.
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Google Home Now Connects to Other Bluetooth Speakers

Until now, you could only connect Home Mini to a larger, Chromecast-enabled speaker for better sound quality.



When we here at PCMag reviewed the Google Home Mini$49.00 at Walmart last fall, one of our chief complaints was that it didn't "play well with others." That should be less of an issue in the future, as Google has announced that all Home devices can – finally – connect to other Bluetooth speakers.
"We brought this feature to life after hearing how much you wanted to amp up the sound with your Google Home Mini," Google Home Product Manager Surbhi Kaul wrote in a blog post.





Until now, you could only connect Home Mini to a larger, Chromecast-enabled speaker for better sound quality. But as we noted in our review, there aren't a ton of Chromecast-enabled speakers available. And by itself, Home Mini's sound is "tinny and harsh."

Fortunately, you can now connect the device to any Bluetooth speaker you have. To do that, open the Google Home app, open device settings, and follow the pairing instructions. Once you get it all hooked up, just use voice commands like you normally would with your Home to play whatever you want.

"The music will automatically play on your Bluetooth speaker—without you having to tell Google the name of the device," Kaul wrote.

You can even put your Bluetooth speaker in one room and your Google Home in another, and pump the jams all over the house.

"Turn on background music at dinner and have it follow you into the living room for dessert," Kaul wrote. "Or catch up on your podcasts as you move room to room tidying up."
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Ikea TRÅDFRI smart lights can now be controlled from Google Home and Assistant




Ikea's Tradfri are one of the cheapest smart lighting solutions around and they're available and tailored for several countries around the world. For a while though, the only smart way to control them was through the Android and iOS app - no voice assistant was compatible. Then Alexa followed by HomeKit were supported and Google Home users were left waiting... and waiting... and waiting until today.
The Ikea Tradfri Android app has been updated to mention integration with the Google Assistant. You'll need to enable that in the app's settings first, then you can head over to your Assistant settings (in Assistant or the Google Home app), go to Home control, tap the blue add button at the bottom right, and scroll through the list to find "Tradfri - Ikea smart lighting."
I don't have any Tradfri lights so I can't test what you need to do to finish the setup and how things work once all is done, but you should technically be able to see all your lights as devices under Home control, assign them to rooms, change their nicknames, and control them with the usual lights commands from Assistant, whether through your phone, Home speakers, or other devices.
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Here Are Google Home's Best New Smart Home Features



In the battle for home automation, Amazon Echo may have gotten a head start, but Google Home is catching up fast. Google announced on Thursday that its smart speakers and smart Assistant can now control over 5,000 devices (up from 1,500 at the start of the year) from every major brand.

That’s a lot to unpack, but most of it is just the same old smart lights and voice-controlled thermostats. Here’s a quick look at some of the most interesting and useful new ways to control your smart home with Google Home.

Change the TV channel without lifting a finger

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If you already use Chromecast or Android TV, this is nothing new, but for the rest of us, using Google Assistant to control your television is a couch potato’s dream. To help, Google is adding support for DISH Hopper set-top boxes to Home, so you can change the channel by simply saying “Hey Google, play CNN on the Hopper.” Alas, “Hey Google, why do I still watch the Cleveland Browns” won’t automatically pull up ESPN, but one can dream.

Google is also making it a little easier to control your Logitech Harmony setup with Assistant. You no longer need to start every voice command with “talk to Logitech.” Instead, just say, “Hey Google, play channel 1,” and you’re there. Milliseconds: saved.

Check the front door from your phone

Photo: Nest
There are plenty of smart doorbell devices that stick an internet-connected camera to the front of your door, but actually checking the feed can mean navigating through random third-party apps. Now, Google is making it a lot easier to see who’s knocking.

If you have a Nest Hello doorbell, you’ll can receive an alert from Google Assistant whenever someone rings it. From there, you can quickly jump to a live camera view. This integration is limited to Google’s own Nest products for now, but the company says it’s coming to other models later this year.


Make Your Lights Smart for Cheap

Photo: IKEA
Swapping out all the old-school bulbs in your house for new smart lights is a lot of fun, but it’s also a pricey upgrade. Thankfully, Google Home now supports one of the cheapest options on the market. Go ahead an pick up a few of IKEA’s Trådfri smart bulbs (however you say that word) without worrying that you won’t have enough money left over to pay the electricity bill.

More Google Home Tips and Tricks
If you’re looking for even ways way to get the most out of Google Home, try setting up a music alarm instead of waking up each morning to annoying beeps. You can even go all out and build a high-tech Google Home jukebox like one person did.

For even more ideas, check out Google’s smart home hub or head here for a full list of everything your Home speaker can do.
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‘Google Home Hub’ is Google’s first-party Smart Display, leaks in new renders



Google has long been rumored to be launching its own first-party Smart Display, and now it looks like we have our first solid leak of the device. It’s called the “Google Home Hub” according to images and details shared today by MySmartPrice, and it’s essentially a tablet-esque 7-inch display mounted on a speaker base with a design similar to other Google Home products.


On the software front, it looks like the device will be pretty in line with other third-party Smart Displays that companies such as JBL and Lenovo announced earlier this year at CES 2018. You’ll be able to get weather, traffic, and relevant information for the wide variety of Google Assistant task on the device shown on its display alongside the usual verbal feedback.

Product pages leaked showcase a variety of functionality for the Google Home Hub that obviously expand on what the current lineup of non-screen Google Homes can do — things like showing your Nest security cams on the device’s display, viewing photos from Google Photos, and more.
Interestingly, one differentiating factor here is that the specs sheet for the Home Hub doesn’t list any kind of camera. That means that one key Smart Display feature that Google has pushed with its 3rd-party OEMs, Duo calls, likely won’t be available on the Home Hub.

Some other details about the device can be found on the leaked specification pages. In addition to the “Chalk White” color that’s definitely reminiscent of last year’s Google Home, the device will also apparently come in a darker “Charcoal” variant. There’s also a volume rocker, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an ambient light and color sense, and it weighs in at 480g.

In the box, you’ll get the Google Home Hub, its power adapter, a quick start guide, and the warranty booklet.

The first word of a Google-made Smart Display surfaced almost exactly a year ago. Details from the tip we received said the device codenamed ‘Manhattan’ would have a 7-inch display and support for lots of Google’s services: YouTube, Assistant, Photos, and others like Netflix.

More recently, a report out of Nikkei said that Google was planning to take on the Echo Show this calendar year with a device they described as a “smart speaker that comes with a screen.” The report noted that it was part of an “aggressive plan,” with Google planning to “ship some 3 million units for the first batch.” The device you see below is likely that device.

The Google Home Hub will almost certainly launch at Google’s annual “Made by Google” event on October 9th in New York City. Google plans to hold a concurrent event in Paris as well.

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Exclusive: Here’s The Charcoal Google Home Hub Smart Display


The first proper look at the Google Home Hub smart display in charcoal

The ‘Google Home Hub’ is one of many devices now expected to be announced by Google during the company’s hardware event, scheduled for October 9. While not confirmed by Google, the device did recently leak in render form, with several images showcasing the white (or “Chalk”) version of the device. To add further weight to those images, and the suggestion the Google Home Hub is coming, as well as acting as confirmation of one of the other color options, here are some new images of the “Charcoal” version of the Google Home Hub. These images were provided to AndroidHeadlines by a reliable source.
Thanks to these images, it can now be taken as confirmation that at the very least the Google Home Hub will be available in a choice of Chalk or Charcoal colors. That’s not to say this product will only be available in these color options considering the Google Home Mini is available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colors, although it’s believed the Home Hub will only (at least initially) be available in these two color options, as is currently the situation with the Google Home Max. In either case, the two color options are in keeping with the two colors Google most often uses with its Home-branded device lineup. On the topic of color, it might be worth noting that in spite of the dominant use of Charcoal, these images do suggest the front plate of the device will be white, just like the Chalk version. Therefore, it will primarily be the rear of the device and frame, as well as the base/stand that are different in color – even the power cable on the Charcoal model is white. Sticking with the design for a moment and unlike the previous leaked images, this new set of images also provides a sense of depth, with the render below highlighting the slant of the stand/base which in turn creates a more natural viewing angle for the display. Though it might also be worth noting the base does not look like it’s adjustable in any way, so the angle seen could possibly be the only angle provided.


As for the device itself, this is largely expected to be Google’s own addition to the smart display market. Due to the nature of this new product line, it is unlikely the Google Home Hub will differ too much in respect of the software – which is consistent across smart display products. Therefore, users can expect a more rudimentary Android Things-powered interface which provides access and visual references to questions asked via the included Google Assistant, along with the ability to watch videos from select providers, stream music, as well as connect to and control various other smart home-related products dotted around the house, including compatible security cameras. Previously, rumors have suggested the Google Home Hub will be missing one key feature found on JBL’s Link View and Lenovo’s Smart Display – the ability to make Google Duo video calls. This is due to what seems to be the lack of an included camera. Although this is not confirmed, and in spite of the front render showing an element where the camera would be expected to be located, the front and rear sides shown, as well as the side view (previously unseen) do not show a camera shutoff switch, and this would certainly be there if a camera was included. For example, a very large, clear, and obvious microphone switch can be seen on the rear side, and the same would be the case for the camera.
At present, there is nothing new to report when it comes to the specs, although leaked documents have already pointed to a 7-inch LCD panel in use which makes this product smaller than both JBL and Lenovo’s options. The display will be accompanied by full-range speakers, as well as far-field microphones that will help to facilitate Google Assistant’s listening and feedback capabilities. Also of note, the leaked documents do suggest the ability to make calls using the Google Home Hub, which in light of what seems to be the absence of a camera is most likely referring to the use of voice calls only. If Google does opt for this route, it would likely be to capitalize on a product that is less intrusive than the other options by reducing the smart display from an always-watching-and-listening device to just an always-listening one. At the connectivity level, the Google Home Hub is expected to support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connections. A point which was most recently confirmed when a device bearing the model number “H1A” passed through the FCC. Although there was no specific mention of this being the Google Home Hub, the self-referenced “interactive video streaming device” is understood to be the same device.
This is largely the extent to the information currently known about this device, other than a recent suggestion the Google Home Hub might retail around the $149 mark in the US. Which is an interesting price point, as this would greatly undercut both the JBL and Lenovo smart display options, as well as the latest Echo Show revamp from Amazon. In fact, in spite of coming equipped with a display, and offering more value dollar-for-dollar, it would mean the Google Home Hub arrives to the market just $20 more expensive than the original Google Home smart speaker. Again, if correct, this would mean Google plans to very aggressively push the Home Hub, and likely as a result of Google having to play catch-up with the likes of Amazon who already has cemented its position in the display-equipped smart speaker market. Of course, the price difference will also likely be representative of the difference in product, as if all the rumors are correct, then not only will the Home Hub be missing the option to make video calls, but will also be touting a smaller display in general, and probably a less premium build quality compared to the options from Amazon, JBL, and Lenovo.
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Latest Google Home Hub Images Leak, Including ‘Home Family Photo’





In short: Two new images of Google’s upcoming Google Home Hub have now leaked, and one of those appears to show the device without its speaker base. Instead, the screen-enhanced smart speaker is shown alongside the current generation of Home-branded smart home devices, leaned against a Google Home Max in what could be presumed to be a tablet mode. The second image is more representative of the other leaked images that have come through recently – including our own leak.
Background: The Google Home Hub is a new addition to the company’s “Home” lineup that’s expected to be launched at, or just after the search giant’s upcoming October 9 hardware event. As shown in the new image, it will join the original Google Home, Google Max, and Google Mini smart speakers, powered by Google Assistant for on-demand control of smart home products and a wide range of voice interactive functionality. However, Home Hub is also expected to tout a seven-inch display panel driven by Android Things, giving users more options for interacting with a connected household without having to talk aloud. The speculated size appears to be backed up by the new image showing the tablet-like device at around half the size of the Google Home Max – which measures around 15-inches diagonally.
The slate portion of the device has been shown attached to a speaker while the front features microphones for machine learning-powered voice recognition. If the device follows previous entries in the family, it will have Bluetooth connectivity as well as 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity to help it interact with its local IoT environment. While a reliable full specification sheet, pricing, and availability won’t likely come to light until the device is made official, Google Home Hub is also expected to be priced at $149. That relatively low cost will likely help it to be competitive in spite of its apparent lack of a camera and, by proxy, video calling functionality.
Impact: While the image above seems to show the Home Hub without its base, and while this would seemingly suggest Google plans for it to be used around the home in more of a portable manner, there has been no indications to date that is likely to be the case. Instead, it’s expected this will launch as a stationary unit attached to the speaker base, and more in line with a smart home hub than a tablet. Especially considering it would then need its own power supply for on-the-go usage and there has been no information on this in the past. Therefore, it is more likely the image appears as it does for appearances sake. Though it would be interesting if Google did actually announce the Home Hub as a smart display which also doubles as a tablet.
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Google Home Hub is official, available October 22 for $149

The Google Assistant gets a first-party smart display.



After launching Google Assistant Smart Display software earlier this year, Google now has first-party hardware to match: it just announced the Google Home Hub, for $149.
The Home Hub is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo Show: it's basically a Google Home smart speaker with a display. With a screen, you can see the weather, timer, calendar event, photos, and other information delivered to you by the Google Assistant. Google's Smart Display hardware fits in with the Google Home speakers. It comes in white and black, with the same cloth speaker cover you'd find on a Google Home.

If you've seen our review of the Lenovo Smart Display, there shouldn't be anything new to see from the Google Home Hub. The Google Assistant Smart Display software that both devices run should be identical across devices. Just like a Google Assistant speaker, all devices, regardless of manufacturer, run the same build of the software and receive centralized updates from Google. Smart Displays all run a build of Android Things—Google's stripped-down version of Android for IoT devices—with the special Google Assistant Smart Display app on top.

The big differentiator from this first-party Google device is the price: at just $149, this is the cheapest Google Assistant smart display out there.

Google said it did not put a camera on Home Hub so it would be comfortable to use in private spaces, such as bedrooms. This means it won't support Duo video calls. The Hub will recognize different people's voices so it can provide a personalized experience to each user.

Google demonstrated the Hub displaying recipe instructions and YouTube videos. The Hub also includes "Home View," a dashboard providing access to all the different devices that can be controlled by Home, such as lights, locks, and thermostats. Google also promised deep integration with Google Photos.

Google said you'll be able to pre-order the Google Home Hub today and it will be available at retail locations on October 22 in US, UK, and Australia.
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Google skips Android Things OS for the Home Hub, uses Chromecast-based software instead





All previous 'smart displays' with Google Assistant are nearly identical under the hood. They all run Android Things OS (a specialized version of Android for IoT devices) on top of a standardized hardware platform (like those from MediaTek and Qualcomm). Most people assumed that Google's own smart display, the recently-announced Home Hub, would use the same software and hardware. However, the Home Hub is something entirely different.
Diya Jolly, Google‘s VP of product management, told Ars Technica that the Home Hub uses software based on the Google Cast platform — not Android Things OS. In that respect, it's more closely related to the Chromecast and Google Home than other smart displays. "We just felt we could bring the experience to bear with Cast, and the experiences are the same," Jolly said. "We would have easily given the third-parties Cast if they wanted it, but I think most developers are comfortable using Android Things."
The internal hardware is also different than other smart displays. Rather than using one of the hardware platforms that Google certifies for other manufacturers, the Home Hub uses a processor from Amlogic. The rest of the specifications are unclear.
It's definitely strange to see Google develop an entire ecosystem for third-party Assistant smart displays, and then use something else for its own device. The company says the Assistant interface is the same regardless of what OS is used underneath, so in the end, most buyers probably won't notice anything different.
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[Update: New release details] Aqua blue Google Home Mini to start shipping on October 29





Google's October 9 event is only a week away, and while leaks of the upcoming announcements have been endlessly pouring in, Google may still have a few small hidden surprises. This new aqua color Home Mini speaker isn't one of them, though, as the company just officially announced it on its website.
We've recently seen this aqua blue shade, when Google teased it as a possible option for the upcoming Pixel 3. It sits somewhere between light blue, aqua, and mint, and looks understated but elegant and minimalistic. The shade would fit well in modern white-centric living rooms, adding a touch of pastel color without being too harsh or eye-catching. But aside from the change in color, there's nothing functionally different under the hood.
The Aqua color will start shipping on October 29 from the Google Store and Walmart. The three other Home Mini colors will still be available, which tells us that Google's smallest smart speaker is almost certainly not getting a refresh next week.

UPDATE: 2018/10/30 2:21PM PDT Well, October 29 has since come and gone ... so where is the new aqua Home Mini? We reached out to Google to check.
For smart home fans living in the US, the answer is: not here — at least, not yet. If you're in Canada, the UK, or Japan, you can already order the aqua Home Mini direct from the Google Store, but US shoppers will have to wait until sometime next month before they can do the same.
In the meantime, you should be able to find one at Walmart, but slightly behind schedule — the retailer's now on track to start aqua Home Mini sales on October 31.

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Google Home Mini is now available in aqua from the Google Store



Google announced that its li'lest smart speaker was coming in a minty fresh new color ahead of its hardware event in October. The aqua Google Home Mini was initially planned to release on October 29, but, well, it didn't. It's now available, though, both at the Google Store and Walmart.

Aqua is the fourth color for the Mini, after chalk, charcoal, and coral. The Home Hub is also available in chalk, charcoal, and aqua, but its fourth color is called sand.
On a personal note, I'm still a little dejected the Pixel 3 wasn't offered in this color, with its third colorway instead being "Not Pink." Aqua is a pretty nice color for a speaker for your, say, your kitchen, though — or maybe your bathroom (no judgement). You can head to over to the Google Store or Walmart to pick yours up.
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