Much like Amazon Alexa, it’s difficult to go wrong with Google Assistant as the helping hand on a smart speaker to control your smart home gadgets, control your music, and setup your entertainment in your home.
Looking for an honest Google Assistant review? You’ve come to the right place. Despite being one of the youngest of the leading smart assistants – discover more about them in our beginners guide – Google Assistant can now be found in a wide variety of the best smart speakers designed both in-house by Google, as well as from a variety of external companies.
But is Google Assistant worth the hype? And, more importantly, is it the smart assistant for you? If you’re taking your first step into the world of smart home tech you’ll want to know before committing to a specific smart eco-system. We enlisted the help of tech expert James Peckham to help us cut through the jargon and deliver the cold, hard facts. Here’s what we found.
What is Google Assistant?
Released in , Google Assistant replaced a similar feature called Google Now, bringing a two-way conversation feature to smart enabled devices for the first time. Google’s answer to a smart assistant – much like Alexa – Google Assistant ‘lives’ inside a smart speaker, responding to a variety of voice commands and controlling your wider smart home system.
You can use Google Assistant in phones and tablets as well as the Google Nest range of speakers that includes the Nest Mini and Nest Max (previously known as the Home Mini and Home Max). Google Assistant can also be sound in a variety of third-party products such as Sony, Sonos and JBL speakers, as well as an increasing number of touch screen devices.
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With a wide variety of third-party speakers and the whole Google Nest range to choose from, you won’t struggle to find a top-end speaker that allows you to make the most of Google Assistant’s ever-increasing capabilities.