Google Home, in many ways, is the physical realization of the machine learning that Google has been doing for years. Equipped with Google Assistant, this small, unassuming device that sits in your home is a gateway to Google and all of your personal information at a voice command away. It is powerful and handy… but not perfect. Like many first generation products, Google Home has room for growth in what it can do, the apps it can interact with and, of course, how it interacts with you. I’ll borrow a phrase from my Google OnHub review earlier this year: If you are an early adopter, Google Home is a great product for you to consider. If not, you may want to give it a few months and software updates to improve. And it will improve. Unlike OnHub, which Google hasn’t fully abandoned but equally isn’t doing much more investing in thanks to Google Wi-Fi, Home is a central and key part of what Google considers the next technical transition we are to see. That transition is from mobile to machines and Google Home will be at the center of this transition.
I’ve had my Google Home for about a week now and I have to say that it is very much a part of my daily routine and work flow. It saves me from having to pick up my Nexus 6P or Nexus 9 to use the “OK Google” voice commands (if my phone is locked, I have to unlock it to get the results) and gives me a wealth of information all a voice command away. But I can already see things I’d like to improve, particularly around app integration and more natural language discussions. But that will come in time. One thing is for sure: The speakers in Google Home are impressive and have excellent sound. For this, you won’t be disappointed.