The 10 Key Features of Google Home

Now that Google Home has finally landed here at BT Shop we thought we’d run you through the 10 key features we’ve been enjoying whilst trialing the hands-free speaker in our homes.

Google Home - shop.bt.com
Google Home – shop.bt.com

1. Hands-free speaker

Once you’ve set the device up using your smartphone, Google Home is a great hands-free speaker that learns and helps you in your daily life.

Using only your voice, you can control compatible devices around your home by using the command ‘OK Google, *insert command here*’. We’ve listed our top commands below so you can test it for yourself!

2. Multiple user support

Google Home supports multiple user support which is perfect for busy households. Teach your device to recognise multiple voices for a more personal experience.

Individual users can tap into their favourite music service to hear personal playlists or get personalised answers to questions such as ‘Is my flight delayed?’ or ‘what does my commute to work look like?’

Google Home can recognise up to 6 individual users.

3. Get answers from Google

With Google Home the power of Google is on the tip of your tongue. Get real time hands free answers so you can focus on what you’re doing. Or have fun with some trivia or a game from the Google Assistant.

4. Listen to your music

Google Home isn’t just a hands-free assistant, the built-in speakers also pack a pretty powerful punch and work with your favourite streaming services (Spotify, Google Music and TuneIn).

Google Home - shop.bt.com
Google Home – shop.bt.com

Ask Google to play your favourite playlist on Spotify, or why not control speakers around your home using Chromecast Audio devices?

5. Manage your everyday tasks

Do you lead a busy life and get frustrated when having to manually look through your calendar. Google Home will read your planned day back to you when you ask it. You can also add things to your diary.

Google Home will acknowledge requests such as ‘Add dinner with Alex tomorrow at 6pm to my calendar’ or ‘set an alarm for 7am tomorrow morning’.

6. Control your home

Google Home works seamlessly with some of the leading smart product manufacturers. Nest, Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link, WEMO and many others will work with the Google Home ecosystem so you can ask it to do things such as ‘set the thermostat to 21 degrees’ or ‘turn the kitchen lights on’.

7. Works with Chromecast

If you have Chromecast devices plugged into your TVs or speakers you can use Google Home to do tasks such as ‘play “Extras” from Netflix on my TV’ or ‘play the new Drake album on Spotify from my Kitchen speakers’.

8. Style your home

Not happy with the standard ‘Silver, Metal’ finish on your Google Home? You can now choose from a selection of different colours/ styles to match your home.

9. Translation

Learn a new language with Google Home. It’s never been easier to find out how to say a certain phrase in a different language.

Trying to communicate with a foreign exchange student? Let Google Home help you out!

10. Weather

“I wonder what the weather’s going to be like tomorrow for my sons football match?” Now you don’t need to wonder as Google Home will give you the answers.

‘OK Google, what’s the weather going to be like in Liverpool tomorrow afternoon?’

BT Shop’s Favourite Commands

  • What time is my dinner reservation on Sunday?
  • Tell me a joke
  • When is Father’s Day this year?
  • What is £500 in Canadian dollars?
  • Let’s play a game
  • Turn on the living room lights
  • Where is the nearest petrol station?
  • What was the Liverpool score at the weekend?
  • Play music by Pearl Jam
  • Listen to LBC on TuneIn
  • Turn on the kettle
  • Play “I’m Alan Partridge” from Netflix on my TV
  • Set the thermostat to 20 degrees
  • Set a timer for 10 mins
  • How long will it take to get to work?
  • How do you say ‘nice to meet you’ in French?

Get your Google Home here.

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