Latest Google smart home news

What is Google Home, how does it work, and where can you buy it?

What is Google Home, how does it work, and where can you buy it?

By Elyse Betters

Google wants to embed itself in your home, to one-up Amazon.You see, Amazon has sold its Echo speaker, complete with its voice-controlled personal assistant, Alexa, since 2014. Google followed that up with its own Google Home in 2016. Google Home is a... Read more

Google Assistant on smart displays: What devices are there and what will they offer?

Google Assistant on smart displays: What devices are there and what will they offer?

By Cam Bunton

The race to be everywhere in your home is on, and as it stands, the competition is between Google and Amazon. With Echo and Google Home, smart speakers are starting to make their way into people's homes.That's not the only way these two companies want... Read more

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for just £99

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for just £99

By Adrian Willings

Christmas may have come and gone, but if you're sad you didn't get the Google Home device you were hoping for under your Christmas tree then worry no more. There are deals to be had still, so why not treat yourself? Online retailer Currys/PC World currently... Read more

Google Home bargains: Unmissable Google Home and Google Home Mini deals

Google Home bargains: Unmissable Google Home and Google Home Mini deals

By Chris Hall

Google is keeping the Christmas deals going until 2018. Not only is the company offering movie rentals from 99p, it's also carrying on the device discounts too. The Google Home smart speaker is currently discounted to £89 (or $79) from the original... Read more

Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices

Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices

By Adrian Willings

Not to be left behind, Google is pushing hard with the company's various smart home speaker devices - the Home, Mini and Max. Although perhaps not currently popular as the Amazon Echo line-up, these are smart AI-assistant devices that should not be overlooked... Read more

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook

By Max Langridge

To coincide with the debut of Moz the Monster, the star of John Lewis' Christmas campaign, the retail giant has released a storybook for children. The story reveals how Moz is discovered by a young boy named Joe, hiding under his bed. The book, and Moz,... Read more

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant

By Elyse Betters

Ecobee's smart home devices just got, well, smarter, thanks to Google.The company makes things like thermostats, such as the Ecobee 3, Ecobee3 Lite, and Ecobee 4, and now, it has announced that those very devices can now be controlled through Goole Home... Read more

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

By Elyse Betters

You can now use your Google Home speakers as an intercom system.Google has updated its Google Home speaker lineup so that you can easily send a message to everyone in your home or office. It's basically pushed a Google Assistant upgrade that lets you... Read more

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more fun for kids.Google has added more than 50 games and activities to its assistant. It includes experiences like musical chairs, trivia, Disney-themed games, and original stories for children. They’ll work via Google Assistant... Read more

Echo Show-like Google Home touch device spotted in Google app code

Echo Show-like Google Home touch device spotted in Google app code

By Elyse Betters

Google needs to catch up to Amazon.At least when it comes to smart speakers, anyway. Amazon has several Echo-branded smart speakers, while Google only recently announced two more on top of its original Google Home. However, it might introduce a new product... Read more

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

By Elyse Betters

Google has updated Google Wifi with a new tool that gives you more control over the types of sites your kids can visit.The popular mesh Wi-Fi router system now offers a tool called Site Blocking. It is rolling out so that you can block more than eight... Read more

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

By Max Langridge

Google has rolled out an update to all Google Home Mini devices (currently in the hands on reviewers) that removes the top touch functionality of the device. When you tap on the top of the Home Mini it can play and pause music, while a long touch will... Read more

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants female voices at launch, rather than male ones. And while that makes it seem like they are actively... Read more

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced two new devices: Home Max and Home Mini.It has expanded its Google Home lineup from one speaker with built-in Google Assistant two three speakers with built-in Google Assistant. The two new models, Home Max and Home Mini, are meant... Read more

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Google just made Google Home a more compelling rival to Amazon Echo.Earlier this year, Amazon launched an Alexa calling service, giving Echo users the ability to phone other Echo users and users of the Alexa app. And if you have the new Echo Show, you... Read more

Google could be planning its own Amazon Echo Show rival

Google could be planning its own Amazon Echo Show rival

By Max Langridge

Just days after Amazon announced the Echo Show would be available in more countries worldwide, 9to5Google has received a couple of anonymous tips that say Google is planning its very own competitor device. What is Google Home, how does it work and when... Read more

Neato launches D7 Connected, its smartest robot cleaner yet with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility

Neato launches D7 Connected, its smartest robot cleaner yet with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility

By Britta O'Boyle

Neato has announced its most connected robot vacuum cleaner yet at consumer electronics show IFA in the form of the D7 Connected.The new metallic-finished model joins the D3 Connected and D5 Connected that launched at the show last year, along with... Read more

Google Home Express shopping: How to find and buy items using just your voice

Google Home Express shopping: How to find and buy items using just your voice

By Elyse Betters

Google has introduced the ability to buy items using your voice, through the Google Home smart speaker or Google Assistant on your compatible smartphone.Thanks to an integration with Google's Express online shopping service, you can shop for your everyday... Read more

Spotify Free users can now control their music through Google Home

Spotify Free users can now control their music through Google Home

By Max Langridge

Spotify has announced that users who subscribe to the free tier of the music streaming service, can now play their songs through the Google Home speaker, complete with voice commands What is Google Home, how does it work and when can you buy it? Voice... Read more

Google Home preview program: How to try the latest features first

Google Home preview program: How to try the latest features first

By Elyse Betters

Google has quietly unveiled a preview program for its smart speaker.About a year ago, Google launched a preview program for Chromecast, and now, as spotted by Android Police, it's apparently launched one for Google Home, too. This program lets early... Read more

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

By Elyse Betters

Google Home can now recognise each person in your household by their voice and smartly switch to their account and preferences.Those of you with a husband or kids or a roommate will appreciate Google Home's latest update. If you've ever said to the speaker... Read more

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

By Chris Hall

Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the screens around your house. Not only can you use services like YouTube and Netflix via Chromecast,... Read more

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

By Elyse Betters

Google Home now serves up numerous guided recipe instructions.Anyone who owns a voice-activated smart speaker, including Amazon Echo, knows it's perfect for the kitchen. Don't know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Ask your speaker. Want to set... Read more

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

By Elyse Betters

Google Home is about to get a lot more useful for the entire family.A new update to the Google Home app is alerting people that “multiple users are now supported”. Except, the message appears to be popping up by accident, because the functionality... Read more

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

By Elyse Betters

What would make Google Home better?This is a question Google has been apparently asking itself, especially since the market is currently exploding with Alexa-powered devices from not only Amazon but just about every other third-party manufacturer out... Read more

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

By Elyse Betters

Google has updated its Wi-Fi router so that you can annoy your kids."Wi-Fi at home helps with special everyday moments," Google announced on Monday. "But as we all know, sometimes these moments can turn into hours spent watching videos or browsing photos.... Read more

What is Google Wifi and how does the mesh router work?

What is Google Wifi and how does the mesh router work?

By Elyse Betters

Google introduced Google Wifi in the US at the end of 2016 and now its own broadband router is coming to the UK.It's a bit different to many other routers in that it can pair with other Google Wifi routers around the home to make a mesh network and therefore... Read more

Google Wifi router will arrive in the UK on 6 April

Google Wifi router will arrive in the UK on 6 April

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced that its Wifi router already available in the US, will be making its way to the UK next month. Simply called Google Wi-Fi, each base station looks like a Scandinavian-style, double-stacked hockey puck that Google described as a "visually... Read more

Google Home UK release date and price revealed

Google Home UK release date and price revealed

By Rik Henderson

Google Home, Google's home assistant and rival to the Amazon Echo, is coming to the UK from 6 April.The release date and price were unveiled at an event in London on Tuesday 28 March, where it was also revealed the British edition will offer news briefings... Read more

Google Home may add multiple-user support and voice recognition

Google Home may add multiple-user support and voice recognition

By Elyse Betters

Google Home may soon get a lot more useful for the entire family.One of the most annoying things about Google Home and similar smart speakers is that they only work with a single account. So all the services and integrations and features are tied to one... Read more

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your domestic AI

By Elyse Betters

Google Home isn't just a speaker with built-in Google Search.With it, you can control your smart home devices, cue up a movie on your TV, replace your desktop speakers, and more. To get the most out of your Goole Home, you really need to do a deep-dive... Read more

Google's Assistant could soon take over your entire house

Google's Assistant could soon take over your entire house

By Max Langridge

Google recently launched two new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL and the Google Home wireless speaker. All three devices have the company's new Google Assistant built-in. What is Google Assistant, how does it work, when can you use it? Assistant is... Read more

Google might launch a new 'Google Wi-Fi' router at October event

Google might launch a new 'Google Wi-Fi' router at October event

By Elyse Betters

Google's a couple weeks away from announcing new hardware, including a home router product, according to a new report.Android Police claimed the Mountain View, CA-based company has developed something called Google Wi-Fi. Consumers can reportedly expect... Read more

Google's OnHub smart Wi-Fi router might actually excite you

Google's OnHub smart Wi-Fi router might actually excite you

By Elyse Betters

We've all been there. Your internet isn't working at home, so you resort to unplugging and then re-plugging in your Wi-Fi router. Maybe that'll do the trick... or maybe it won't. It's just one of life's mysteries.But Google has developed a new product... Read more

Brillo confirmed: Google's ecosystem to make the Internet of Things work

Brillo confirmed: Google's ecosystem to make the Internet of Things work

By Rik Henderson

Google has announced its Project Brillo program that it hopes will become the underlying ecosystem that makes the Internet of Things possible.Speaking during the Google I/O developers conference, Sundar Pichai, the company's senior vice president of... Read more

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

By Elyse Betters

Just last week Qualcomm was announcing a plan to get its chips into smart devices designed for the Internet of Things, and now Google is reportedly developing an operating system that they can run.It is allegedly gearing up to release the new software... Read more

Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

By Jake Smith

Google's acquisition of Nest has officially been completed, following announcement of the deal in mid-January and subsequent regulatory approval.A filing with the SEC on Wednesday revealed the deal was officially closed for $3.2 billion on 7 February,... Read more

Google reportedly testing 'EnergySense' Nest-like thermostats (Update: screenshot)

Google reportedly testing 'EnergySense' Nest-like thermostats (Update: screenshot)

By Jake Smith

Google is testing a smart thermostat that enables users to keep track of their energy use, according to The Information.The thermostat, reportedly called EnergySense, allows users to view data and make smart energy use changes accordingly. Even with its... Read more