It appears that shipments for the new Google Home device have started for readers. Multiple readers have either emailed or commented on Google+ of receiving shipment notifications of the $129 Google Assistant-powered device. I too have received a shipment notification with it expected to arrive at the end of the week.
Aimed at competing with the Amazon Echo, Google Home brings the power of Google Artificial Intelligence to give you detailed information about your day, upcoming events, search information, travel information and the like. While it is for everyone in the family, it tied to a single primary Google account. Like Google OnHub, Home is aimed at sitting out in the open and doesn’t look like a piece of techno-kit sitting on a shelf.
What makes Home powerful is Google Assistant. Think of it as a far more personalized and smarter OK Google. If you have installed Google Allo on your phone, then you can already see Assistant
and who it brings to users. Google Assistant is the most advanced voice and assistant tool yet developed by Google. You can get a wealth of information from Assistant and give it direct commands. You can have it play music from a wide range of sources such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora and others. You can also get a daily briefing of things going on in your day, set reminders and get assistance from it as you are involved in tasks in the house.
Google Home will also tie into your existing Chromecast or the new Chromecast Ultra. If you have one of these and Google Home, you can have it play videos or show photos from your Google Photos account right on your television. Right now this feature only works with YouTube but Netflix is already committed to it and will be available soon. As for other smart devices, Home will work with Next, SmartThings, Hue and IFTTT out-of-the-box so you can control your thermostat, lights and switches.