assistants like Amazon’s Alexa are becoming more and more integrated
into our daily lives. Recently, Google released their competitor to
Amazon’s product. Aptly named, Google Home, the Google Home Assistant
can help you in surprising ways you might not have realized at first.
Here are 15 features that might surprise you.
1. Use It as a Speaker
common knowledge that it comes equipped with a Bluetooth speaker.
However, it’s not limited to just connecting to your phone and playing
playlists. It can connect to many music streaming services, like Spotify
and Pandora. Not only that but with an integrated chrome browser on any
computer, you can easily connect your computer to it and use it as a
2. Read the News from 1851
It has a
database of news headlines going back all the way to 1851. All you have
to do is ask for the news on any specific day. It will then read the
headlines of that day and summarizes the news contained in that article.
3. Find Your Phone
just a simple phrase, Google Home Assistant can place a call to your
phone to help you find it. If your phone is on silent or vibrate and is
compatible with Google Home, it will even come out of silent mode in
order for you to hear its ring.
4. Turn Your Lights On or Off
is advertised as the central hub for all your smart devices. If you
have compatible lights such as the Phillips Hue bulbs, then you can ask
it to turn off and on the lights for you without pressing a switch.
5. Use Touch Commands
is equipped with touch-sensitive technology that knows where your
fingers are and can register many gestures. You can tap the top to pause
and unpause music and sliding your finger to the side opens up the
volume control. Google has promised more functionality of touch commands
in the future.
6. Get an Uber
By connecting your Uber app
to Google Home and specifying a few settings, you can ask it for an Uber
and one will go right to your house in a matter of minutes.
7. Cook Recipes
one of the most useful functions, it can look up over five million
recipes via several databases such as the New York Time and Food
Network. The Google Home Assistant will go through the recipe step by
step and you can even ask it for conversions and ingredient
8. Play 20 Questions
It is connected to
Akinator, which is an online version of 20 questions. You simply think
of something, and Akinator, via Google Home will ask questions to narrow
it down. It’s perfect for when you are bored or want to keep your kids
9. Keep A Shopping List
Google Home has a lot of
functionality in the kitchen. If you notice you’re missing something,
simply ask Google Assistant to add the item to your shopping list. That
shopping list is automatically sent to any integrated phone or smart
10. Integrate With Chromecast
If you have
Chromecast, Google’s home TV option, then you can use Google Home and
voice commands to control it. You can ask for specific videos, or tell
it to rewind, forward, or skip to a specific time.
11. Know Your Traffic
adding your home and work locations to its app, the Google Home
Assistant can tell you about traffic conditions and possible alternate
routes you can take to save time.
12. Impress Your Guests
allows your guests to use it as well. All they have to do is pair their
device with Google Home, a step that literally takes seconds. Once it
is paired, they can issue commands and ask questions just as you can.
13. See Your Pics on TV
It can be given access to your photo accounts, like Google Photo and
Photobucket. Once you do, you can use Chromecast to show your pictures
on TV and even ask for specific pictures based on location and date.
It comes with over 15 ambient sounds, including forest ambiance and crashing waves, to help you relax or fall asleep.
15. Hear a Joke
It can even tell jokes. Just ask, and you shall receive.
all these things you can do with Google Home and more features added
soon, now is a great time to buy this fantastic home assistant.