Google Home Comes to Canada

As Canadians, we’re used to watching longingly as the latest and greatest technology launches south of the border before reaching us and Google Home is no exception. Launching in the United States before Christmas, we’ve been eagerly waiting to see in action here and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Google Home is Google’s version of a smart speaker powered by Google Assistant; it works very much like Amazon’s Echo device. So what can Google Home do for you, you ask? Well, the answer is: many things!


Home Controller

Google Home is a home controller, which as you might guess, means that it can control your home. Connected home devices, such as Nest, Phillips Hue, and WEMO can easily be controlled using intuitive voice commands. For example, if you find you’re chilly and have a Nest thermostat installed in your home, you can simply say “OK Google, turn up the heat.” You can also access your favourite entertainment, like music and video, using Google Home. The system is compatible with both Google Music and Spotify, allowing you to fire up any song or playlist. Unsurprisingly, it also works well with Google Chromecast so you can fire up Netflix or cast anything from your phone to your TV.


Virtual Assistant

As I mentioned earlier, Google Home is powered by Google Assistant, which makes this device the perfect virtual assistant. Want to know what the weather’s going to be like tomorrow? You can ask Google Home by simply saying “OK Google, what’s the weather going to be tomorrow?” Setting a reminder for an important birthday or anniversary—no problem! Need to know how long it’s going to take to get your client’s office for a Monday morning meeting, just ask Google Home. The possibilities are endless here, just start throwing commands at it and you’ll be impressed at how many uses you’ll find for your very own virtual assistant.


Trivia and Information

Naturally, Google Home is backed by Google’s powerful search engine so the world is your oyster when it comes to finding information you need—all you need to do is ask! This can be as simple as asking for a quick fact: “OK Google, what is the capital of Iceland?” Or asking for a little homework help for those tricky French assignments: “OK Google, how do you conjugate avoir?” Basically, if you can Google it on your computer, you can ask Google Home for the answer!


At $179.99, you really can’t go wrong with Google Home, especially if you’re already in the Google ecosystem with Android mobile devices or Chromecast.