The new age smart speaker for a smart home

Min­i­mal­ist, clean and un­spec­tac­u­lar ap­pear­ance, the Google Home is surely more than just a speaker

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Liv­ing in the dig­i­tal age where smart­phones have rev­o­lu­tionised our lives in many ways, the newly used term ‘smart homes’ have be­come more of a way of liv­ing than ever be­fore. One such smart de­vice is the re­cently launched Google Home. A voice recognition speaker, the Google Home acts as your reg­u­lar speaker or as “Your Per­sonal As­sis­tant.”

De­signed to give a cylindrical shape that un­doubt­edly is quirky, the de­vice comes in a unique dual tone fin­ish. The up­per half is made up of white coloured plas­tic, while the lower half is a re­mov­able mesh panel cov­ered in fab­ric. This makes the Google Home a per­fect gadget to blend well with the ex­ist­ing decor of your house. It can be neatly tucked away near a book­shelf or even kept on a cof­fee ta­ble with­out it get­ting too much at­ten­tion.

Pro­vid­ing var­i­ous ser­vices via voice recognition, by say­ing “OK Google,” the de­vice springs up to life and helps in fore­cast of the weather, to play­ing mu­sic or even telling you the news. Apart from help­ing you an­swer what­ever you ask it, the Google Home speak­ers have be­come a piv­otal link for home au­toma­tion. Google Home

can be in­te­grated to mul­ti­ple smart de­vices in your home such as lights, TV, door locks and even se­cu­rity cam­eras. The de­vice is com­pletely based on AI (Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence) and ma­chine learn­ing, which means it learns ev­ery time you use it, and keeps up­dat­ing it­self on the ways and pat­tern of how we use it.

Google Home ends up be­com­ing more than just a speaker in a smart home - it is surely be­com­ing a way of life. The small speaker tucked into the cor­ner of your liv­ing room turns out to be the per­fect but­ler. Just say “Ok Google.”

` 4,499/store.google.com The Google Mini is the best op­tion if you’re seek­ing en­try level smart speaker. Aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ingGoogle as­sist is con­ver­sa­tional and con­tex­tualThe speaker is sur­pris­ingly loud for its sizeThe base of the speaker is colour cus­tomis­able` 9,999/store.google.com

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