Google Home is a connected speaker equipped with Google Assistant that succeeds Google Home. It is equipped with three microphones and a new acoustic design consisting of a woofer and a tweeter. It is compatible with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Google Cast / Spotify Connect.
Google Home allows us to perform all kinds of operations and even control certain aspects of our home or environment simply by giving them the appropriate commands. To make it even easier for you, we’ve left some hidden Google Home Tips and Tricks for you, so you can save even more time and effort in controlling what you need.
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They say that being polite is one thing that will never hurt you in life. And in the case of Google Home, this is no exception. Just say “hello” to our speaker and he will give us the report on what we have for today.
A report that includes the scheduled time for today and the current time, the appointments we have in the calendar, and other items we can configure, such as turning on the lights or the coffee maker, to provide that they are of the home automation type or controlled from the assistant.
2. Name change
By default, Google will address you by the name you have on your Google account. But you can also tell him to call you by the name that makes you most angry. To do this, just say “call me” and give it whatever name you want. The wizard will ask you to confirm this name and, once accepted, this will be how it addresses you until you change it.
3. Music, Maestro
While the Google Assistant can sing along, or rather provide the vocals, what it can do for you is play your favorite music. To do this, just choose a music source, like Google Play Music or Spotify, and tell it what you want to hear. You can request specific songs with their name and group, songs from a specific group, or even ask them to play the playlists you created in the corresponding app.
4. Connect External Speakers
Continuing with the musical aspect, it’s true that Google Home’s Bluetooth speakers are good at understanding us, but not so good at delivering powerful or special-quality sound. A problem that we can solve by connecting the device to a soundbar or any other type of Bluetooth speaker that we have at home.
To do this, simply go to the “Device” section of the application and then enter the settings. Here we have the option of pairing a Bluetooth speaker or choosing from those that the product has detected automatically.
5. Watch the videos
Just like with music, the assistant can also play your favorite videos on any connected Android TV or Chromecast. The process is similar to the one we have indicated for music, being necessary to configure the video source beforehand, in case we want to watch our Netflix series, for example. In the latter case, the request would be “Put” whatever “in Netflix”, whereas if we ask for it without anything else, Youtube will be the source chosen by default.
6. Adding Appointments and Alerts
Another advantage of this type of Bluetooth speakerphone is that you can easily add items to your calendars like appointments and reminders, or alerts and alarms that you might need. Thus, we can ask the attendee to “add the event to Google Calendar”, and they will be asked for details such as the name or the specific date of the event.
In parallel, we can also create small alerts or alarms by asking the assistant to trigger an alarm at a certain time or to notify us in certain minutes or hours with a certain alarm text. Once the process is complete, the assistant will give us all the details of what we have ordered, in order to check that everything is in order.
7. Translator and Converter
If you have guests at home who don’t speak Spanish or want to know how certain phrases are said in any language, just tell the assistant what you want to hear, ending with “in English” … Or “in any other supported language”. The assistant will respond to you with the translation corresponding to the language you have selected, also speaking it in voice mode so that you can hear the pronunciation.
At the same time, you can also convert currencies, measurements, degrees, and anything else you need by simply asking, for example, “how many inches is 77 meters” or “how many euros is 1000 dollars“.
8. Shopping list
If you want, Google can also take care of showing you what you need in your shopping list. All you need to do is tell your assistant to “add something to my shopping list”. The downside of this function is that you have to say each product one by one because if you say them all together, they will be added on one line. To see the full list, you just need to go to the “Shopping List” option in the “Home” app, and you can tag each product as you pick things up from the store.
9. Control Devices Remotely
As we mentioned at the beginning, for the “good morning” command, it is possible to control all kinds of devices remotely by simply giving the corresponding commands to the assistant. Of course, this can also be done independently with commands such as “turn on the light” or “turn on the coffee machine”…. As each device has its own characteristics, we won’t go into details, as it’s advisable to take a look at what each computer offers.
10. Various Entertainment
Although they are the weirder and less technical side of the assistant, it also has several functions to keep us entertained or to pass the time if we are bored. Among these functions, we can ask him to tell us a joke, to recite a poem, to tell us a riddle or a proverb, depending on what we ask him to do. And if you say “I’m bored”, the wizard will remind you that you have all of these options available to you.
The Nest Audio is advertised 75% more powerful than the initial Google Home (which is not difficult given the poor sound quality of this one), and 50% richer in the bass. It has a 19mm tweeter to handle high frequencies and a 75mm woofer for bass. It is above all their architecture that has been studied so that the sound sounds clear and is more immersive, even though the fabric and the grid.
Google has also reduced compressors as much as possible. The result is there: no need to boost the sound to enjoy it and no distortion. And you can hear pretty well wherever you are around the speaker, without the sound output being 360 °.
And it works just as well whether you’re listening to melodic and harmonic Pachelbel’s Canon, Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir with his guitar riffs, or even more topical R’n’B and rap with lots of basses. The voices of the podcasts are no more overpowered and just as crystal-clear as those of the performers. The sound is balanced between low, mid, and high frequencies. It turns out to be quite pleasant to listen to, whatever your preferred musical style.
Thanks to its three onboard long-range microphones, the speaker adopts the noise to the sound environment (TV, dishwasher, loud ambient noise, etc.), to your activity, especially if you use Google Assistant.
The on-board intelligent calibration also adapts the sound quality to the type of content (song, podcast, audiobook, radio, etc.). The application also has a fairly basic equalizer, but which will allow you to adjust the bass and treble according to your content and your tastes.
The successor to the Google Home, the Nest Audio also has a mission of smart speaker to fulfill. And he still does it just as well. Even if you are a little far from the device, Google Assistant is responsive and its voice clear to understand the answers.