Google Home

Google Home
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Google Home is an application, which turns your phone/tablet into a smart device hub. It's a key to the Smart House system, thanks to which you can make a lot of mundane adjustments in only a few taps. Download Google Home to turn your place into the house of the future.

Functionality 4.5/5

Google Home turns your smartphone into a portable command center. From it, you can "give orders" to all the smart appliances located in your dwelling. Sync, coordinate and remotely control:

  • Chromecast.
  • Lighting.
  • Smart door locks/bells.
  • Thermostats.
  • Air conditioners.
  • Smart outlets.
  • Google Home device.

And pretty much anything else that has a "smart-" prefix.
Thanks to the application, you can always be aware if lights haven't been turned off in an empty room. Or if an air conditioner works to the max when there's nobody present nearby. As a result, such monitoring can save your electricity bills from inflating and bursting into tiny paper confetti. 

You won't have to tweak smart thermostats manually either. Google Home app can easily befriend the likes of Ecobee 4, Honeywell Lyric, Nest Learning thermostat. And if you have a smart doorbell with a video live streaming feature - the app will show your guest on the phone's screen.

The app has the Google Assistant integrated, so feel free to give it vocal commands. It's pretty good at deciphering what you say. Streaming video from your phone to the TV-screen is possible as well: YouTube, Netflix, Vudu, Terrarium TV, Popcorn Time will be broadcast to the widescreen. 

But our Google Home review warns you: avoid dubious and misleading search requests whenever searching for a show. The results may be confusing.

Design 4.5/5

Google Home has an eye-friendly and sleek interface. It features Thermostat, Lights on/off, Play, Broadcast, and other buttons. And below it shows what's going on with the smart devices in separate rooms. However, the buttons seem to be a little too big, which leads to intense swiping at times.

Usability 4/5

Google Home can make your life a little bit easier when it comes to controlling smart appliances. Monitoring your house and alerting the family becomes a little less burdensome too. However, Chromecast reconnecting issues must be fixed asap. 

Cross-platform use 4/5

Google Home is available for iOS and Android devices. It's synchronizable with a wide array of smart devices: from Skybell to Frigidaire Cool Connect.

In-app purchases 5/5

The app features no content sold at extra-price. All the functionality is free in the first place. It also won't torture you with ads or pop-ups.

The Bottom Line

Google Home does a good job at pulling your smart house system together. It has a few rough edges, like the absence of quiet mode at night, failing Chromecast connection, and poor integration of some 3-d party streaming platforms, etc. But it has a good GUI and neat monitoring/remote control options.

Conclusion

Download Google Home to keep the reigns of your house in the palm of your hand.

 

Cons:

  • Sometimes fails to stream movies. The interface needs improvement. Loses connection with Chromecast seldom.

Pros:

  • Full synchronization. Lights, temperature, etc. control. Easy to alert the family.

Design 9

Key Functions 9

Usability 8

Cross-platform use 10

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