Google Home was officially launched late last year and this internet connected speaker is finally available to buy in the UK.
Like its Amazon Echo rival, Google Home is powered by voice commands and can search the web, play music and organise daily routines via speech.
Express.co.uk has been testing Google Home for the past few weeks and we have been left hugely impressed by many of its features.
Voice searches work incredibly well and there’s little the Google Home can’t discover.
Asking for travel updates, directions, weather reports and local shop opening times all get a useful response with Google’s huge depth of knowledge making sure its Home speaker is jam-packed with the latest information.
Google Home also looks great with its compact design and interchangeable coloured covers offering a speaker that will suit any room in a house.
The ability to link Google Home to numerous smart gadgets such as Philips Hue and Nest adds even more functionality with voice commands allowing the lights to be switched on and heating turned up or down.
A huge range of music can also be discovered with instant access to services such as Google Play Music, Spotify and TuneIn Radio.
So, there’s no question that Google Home is a great little device and it lands in your living room at much cheaper price than Amazon’s Echo – the Echo will set you back £149 whilst Google Home has a price of under £130.
However, for all its greatness there is a problem and it could be enough to put you off buying one.
To spring Google Home into life you have to say, “OK Google”, before every search and this becomes hugely irritating after a while.
Most other personal assistants, from the likes of Amazon and Apple, have names such as Alexa or Siri and this makes talking to them feel much more personal.
Shouting “OK Google” each time you want something just doesn’t feel natural and can even appear a little creepy a times.
There’s also a slight issue with Google Home’s responses which can sound robotic at times.
This means it simply doesn’t sound as friendly as Amazon’s Echo.
These may not sound like big problems but the whole point of these latest breed of internet connected speakers is that you talk to them and if this doesn’t feel comfortable the product is flawed.
Google Home has plenty going for it and there’s many features that place it firmly ahead of its Echo rival.
It’s just a shame its one small fault could be enough to stop you buying one.
Source : EXPRESS