• Google Home
  • Google Home
  • Google Home
  • Google Home

The Google Home is fun, functional, and should only get better with time.

- Jenny McGrath, Digital Trends 

Specs / Features


Supported Audio Formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC with support for high-resolution streams | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi | Speaker: High excursion speaker with 2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators, Far-field voice recognition supports hands-free use | Power: Required 16.5V, 2A included | Ports & Connectors: DC power jack | Supported Operating Systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher

Supported Audio Formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC with support for high-resolution streams | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi | Speaker: High excursion speaker with 2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators, Far-field voice recognition supports hands-free use | Power: Required 16.5V, 2A included | Ports & Connectors: DC power jack | Supported Operating Systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher

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Specification

Brand Google
Release date 4-November-2016
Weight 477 grams
(16.84 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Useful voice actions
  • Multiple user profiles
  • Multi-room pairing features
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support
  • Simple, attractive design
  • Customizable bases

What's bad

  • Microphones can have trouble in noisy environments
  • Profile matching has issues with female voices
  • Limited playback options on Google Music without a subscription

Hoping to cut into Amazon’s hold on the smart speaker market, the Google Home is the full-sized option in Google’s lineup.

At 142.8mm (5.6 inches) tall and weighing 477g (1.1lbs), it’s small enough to sit on a shelf, countertop, or desk without getting in the way. You can’t take it on the go since it requires a power adapter. But the smaller size would make it more than workable for tossing in your luggage if you knew you’d have Wi-Fi and an outlet at your destination.

If you’re looking to personalize your speaker, Google offers interchangeable bases to help match it to your decor. The top of the speaker is sloped and include lights in the Google branding colors that appear when you tap the top.

Inside the speaker, you’ll find a 2-inch driver, twin 2-inch passive radiators, and twin far-field microphones.

Reviewers noted that while the sound quality was balanced and generally pleasing, it wasn’t super loud. If they had to decide based on audio quality alone, most preferred the Amazon Echo instead. Fortunately, you can pair multiple Google Home speakers or pair your Home with additional Bluetooth speakers for multi-room audio or additional oomph.

Thanks to software updates, you can connect an audio source to the Home using Bluetooth or stream audio over Wi-Fi when looking to enjoy your favorite tunes. It also supports any app that allows casting as if it were a Google Chromecast.

If you’re looking to use the smart features on the speaker, you say “Okay Google”, “Hey Google”, or tap the top. Google Assistant chimes in and you speak a command. You can perform a range of tasks -- from checking your calendar or hearing the latest news headlines to performing math problems and playing games -- all with your voice.

For tasks that don’t have native actions, the Google Home integrates with IFTTT to provide further flexibility. Reviewers also noted that compared to the Echo and Alexa, Google Home has fewer commands. But they also felt that more of Google’s commands were useful and that search results and similar questions were more accurate and relevant.

One unique feature of the Home is the ability to sync with multiple Google accounts -- complete with automatically assigning accounts to proper voices. Reviewers found the feature worked well for male voices. However, the speaker sometimes confused similar female voices.

The Home can also place calls using your Google contacts. Simply trigger the speaker and tell it who you want to call.

Overall, reviews for the Google Home are positive. Mobile Syrup said, “Home could easily replace my Echo and probably will given how it matches the functionality Amazon's [smart speaker] is capable of but also features Google Assistant.” Tech Advisor UK called the speaker “the best all-around smart speaker you can get.”

Critic Reviews


BGR

Showing you what connected speakers can do

from BGR

Google’s rival for the Amazon Echo is definitely a worthy contender and could even outdo the competition in some cases. We have to give it to Google for designing a device that just blends in to your home.

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Google’s rival for the Amazon Echo is definitely a worthy contender and could even outdo the competition in some cases. We have to give it to Google for designing a device that just blends in to your home.

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The Wirecutter

For smart homes, smart verbal search queries, smart Chromecasting, and more

from The Wirecutter

This is a great choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive multiroom audio system, or a way to use their Google accounts to make a voice-controlled smart home even smarter.

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This is a great choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive multiroom audio system, or a way to use their Google accounts to make a voice-controlled smart home even smarter.

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Tech Advisor

Improving all the time

from Tech Advisor

The Google Home is the best all-round smart speaker you can get offering a great balance of, price, design, sound quality and features. It answers all our questions, keeps us entertained and up to date, and even turns on and off our lights. It is quite literally one of the best and most exciting talking points our home has seen.

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The Google Home is the best all-round smart speaker you can get offering a great balance of, price, design, sound quality and features. It answers all our questions, keeps us entertained and up to date, and even turns on and off our lights. It is quite literally one of the best and most exciting talking points our home has seen.

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Know Your Mobile

Super useful, but not quite there yet

from Know Your Mobile

Google Home is a constantly evolving piece of technology that, in the right hands, is super useful. The sound quality isn’t great, but it’s smarter than nearly everything else out there and its command of search, voice recognition, and your own personal data is very impressive indeed.

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Google Home is a constantly evolving piece of technology that, in the right hands, is super useful. The sound quality isn’t great, but it’s smarter than nearly everything else out there and its command of search, voice recognition, and your own personal data is very impressive indeed.

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finder.com.au

A promising start

from finder.com.au

It's not J.A.R.V.I.S. yet, but the Google Home speaker does a good job of impressing for such a young ecosystem.

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It's not J.A.R.V.I.S. yet, but the Google Home speaker does a good job of impressing for such a young ecosystem.

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Mobile Syrup

Google Assistant leads the charge

from Mobile Syrup

Overall, I'm pleased with the Home and happy that Google has opted to finally bring the device to Canada. Home could easily replace my Echo and probably will given how it matches the functionality Amazon's IoT device is capable of, but also features Google Assistant.

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Overall, I'm pleased with the Home and happy that Google has opted to finally bring the device to Canada. Home could easily replace my Echo and probably will given how it matches the functionality Amazon's IoT device is capable of, but also features Google Assistant.

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Canadian Reviewer

Impressive and potentially game-changing

from Canadian Reviewer

Google Home is a demonstration of Google's awesome collection of knowledge sources, from the latest news, weather information, podcasts, music and various smart home and automation services, this is the first smart speaker that opens up a world of possibilities for Canadians. The best thing...More

Google Home is a demonstration of Google's awesome collection of knowledge sources, from the latest news, weather information, podcasts, music and various smart home and automation services, this is the first smart speaker that opens up a world of possibilities for Canadians. The best thing about Google Home is that today we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg of what this impressive and potentially game-changing voice-driven conduit to various cloud-based services and technologies.

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The Guardian

The smart speaker that answers almost any question

from The Guardian

Google Home is an excellent entry into the burgeoning smart speaker race that’s revving up between the big US technology companies. Amazon’s Echo and Alexa have a head start, but Google’s Assistant is highly capable in many ways, but strangely half-baked in others.

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Google Home is an excellent entry into the burgeoning smart speaker race that’s revving up between the big US technology companies. Amazon’s Echo and Alexa have a head start, but Google’s Assistant is highly capable in many ways, but strangely half-baked in others.

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Android Community

For all its potential, still mostly an early adopter gadget

from Android Community

You probably already know whether or not you fall into the "early adopter" camp. If that's you, there's plenty of cool stuff to explore in Google Home beyond the core casting and streaming experience. If not, buy it because you want a good, stylish connected speaker that can occasionally tell you...More

You probably already know whether or not you fall into the "early adopter" camp. If that's you, there's plenty of cool stuff to explore in Google Home beyond the core casting and streaming experience. If not, buy it because you want a good, stylish connected speaker that can occasionally tell you the distance between London and Edinburgh and remind you how many cups are in a quart.

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Coolsmartphone

Help you be more efficient at competing those little tasks

from Coolsmartphone

Overall, with the new multi-account feature becoming available, the sensitivity of the microphones, the cleverness of the Google brain and the accuracy of the voice recognition, this is a device which can only get better and better.

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Overall, with the new multi-account feature becoming available, the sensitivity of the microphones, the cleverness of the Google brain and the accuracy of the voice recognition, this is a device which can only get better and better.

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