Editor vc.ru spent two weeks with the assistant and told what he thinks about the device, its shortcomings, and voice services in General. Google introduced Google back Home in may 2016 at the developer conference Google I/O in California. This column with built-in voice assistant Google Assistant, which communicates with a smartphone based on Android and iOS and works with it.
First Home appeared on the American market, which creates inconvenience for residents of other countries where the device is still not sold. For example, to configure the speakers need to translate the phone to English. He remains the only language device management.
Google itself is positioning the Home as a universal device that helps with your voice to get answers to user questions, and manage other household devices, for example, to turn on and off light or play videos on TV with a connected Chromecast or Android TV. On the market from Home there are a few competitors, the closest of them — column Dot Echo, Amazon Echo and Amazon Tap with built-in voice assistant Alexa from Amazon. Built-in Home helper Google Assistant can be compared to Apples Siri, which so far exists only as a part of iOS and macOS.
Sale Google Home, which costs $129, was launched in November 2016 and, according to analysts Strategy Analytics, by the middle of 2017, the company will sell the first million units. For comparison, the first version of Echo came out much earlier. In November 2014, the access users got Amazon Prime, and in June 2015 the company began to sell it to all US residents. Evaluation Morgan Stanley, during the period from mid-2015 to 1 December 2016 were sold 11 million devices Echo.
Googles use of the Home begins almost immediately after unpacking. Even with messing around with the language setting via the application takes a few moments. However, there is a catch. Apparently, Google expects that once set, the column will stand in the same room almost always, so if you move or connect to a new Wi-Fi device will have to reconfigure.
A little longer have to overcome yourself to begin to communicate with the voice assistant. This helps amazingly pleasant and agreeable voice Home. The next day start talking to her exclusively in the feminine and talk with the speaker as with a living (though slightly pensive) interlocutor — such a strong image is based on only one sound. This sharply distinguishes the system from the previous Assistant assistant called Google Now, which on request voice could do that to open the page of a search engine with the desired query.
Convenience Home it is easy to assess in a domestic environment — for example, I installed it to the kitchen, where its use is especially obvious (hands-busy), and thus quickly learned to talk with column. Quite a few times to “talk” with the assistant in the process of washing dishes or cooking, so communication has become natural and habitual. Due to speaker and MIC speakers the assistant at Home is more responsive than lying next Nexus.
Google Home is conveniently to be used as a meaningful source of “white noise” to distract from the cases. For example, you can spend a few hours testing capabilities of the speakers, asking her questions and just trying to find the right music through Play Music. Despite a large library of streaming services, Home (apparently out of ignorance of the Russian language) is poorly understood search in Russian-speaking artists. However, the service does not hesitate to include them in your queries — for example, my friend is left alone with the Home, asked for a column to include “sad songs” and eventually listened to Zemfira.
Another useful application of the Google Home turned out to be a morning “briefing”. The speaker can tell about the weather, the latest news and schedule for the day. To complete the work of this function had to transfer all calendar entries to English events in Russian assistant refers to a sad pause.
You can also find the cooking time for egg over easy and a timer – and dont forget to start every request with the phrase “OK, Google”. Column does not listen to the user after he voiced response. While it is understood complementary questions. For example, you can learn about the weather in Moscow today, and then ask “And tomorrow?” and it will give the answer.
If the question involves a more detailed answer (e.g., you searched for the recipe or article), the Home will send a link to the appropriate page in the app on your smartphone. Such communication, of course, can not create a full illusion of a conversation with a live person, but very closer to her — due to the fact that the queries are recognized in natural language, gradually lost the need to comply with some unwritten rules to the assistant to understand the question. The main problem with Home is not so much the unavailability of some functions in Russia, but rather in affection with only one phone.
Its a bit strange, because the home helper must help the whole family, but actually to know your plans for the day can only one of the residents of the apartment. In addition, he will get all the links on your smartphone, regardless of who asked the question. Whoa, Google just got Home multi user support. Https://t.co/lZy3JWd1Fy.
In addition, difficulties with the use of the Home can be the owners of Apple technology — it is natural that the assistant uses Google but unfamiliar to users of other ecosystems. So if you use an iPhone, have to switch to Google Calendar and Google Keep. From the first assistant takes the schedule, and second, for example, save shopping lists, which can be filled with reference to column. In everyday use Home do not feel any acute lack of features.
Column regularly answers questions and only sometimes says, “Yet I do not know”. The system is evolving and expanding with new skills — for example, it managed to receive the call function Uber (although actually I have never used). However, the Home has room to grow — for example, the Alexa has more than ten thousands of commands and abilities, despite the fact that they are actively tied to the Amazon and is pretty useless in Russia.
The development of the Home including helping third-party developers, gradually adding new features. Both entertaining and more practical. For example, in column already have the game “Akinator” in which automatic algorithm guesses the real and fictional characters through questions that are answered by the user.
To the “practical” applications include flight attendant App in the Air. For example, through a column you can ask a question from the “Ask App in the Air, whats up with my flight” and the device will tell when, for example, opens registration. Read more about developing for Google Home told themselves sedately App in the Air. I have carried Home a couple of weeks and during that time managed to get used to the fact that you can just ask a question in the air and out of the room, quite loud and clear sound answer.
The opportunity to ask a question in continuation of the previous helps to formulate every time the same questions. In addition, the column really gets rid of hostility to the voice assistants that seemed to or a replacement voice search or service to joke of the articles of the type “10 funniest Siri answers”. In order to advise the all friends column, lacking a few things. For example, the wide spread of devices for the home that can be controlled with the help of a Home (e.g., “smart” light bulbs and systems like Chromecast) and integration with instant messengers and services for calls.
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