The smart home has its flaws, and no provider has been able to offer a completely seamless experience when it comes to integrating third-party devices or executing voice commands. Depending on specific needs, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (now called Home), Google Home, Home Assistant, or Samsung SmartThings could all provide the best fit for a person’s home. Recently, there has been increased interest in Google Home.
The Google Home app has been updated with significant improvements in smart home functionality. In 2014, Google purchased Nest- a startup that offered just two products: the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Google slowly advanced Nest’s offerings, releasing its first Google Assistant-powered smart speaker in 2016. After a rebranding process, Nest officially became a part of Google in 2019. However, the move from Nest to Google Nest came with issues, including the end of certain integrations for existing Nest users, incomplete support in the Google Home app, and privacy concerns over an undisclosed microphone in the Nest Secure. Despite the issues, Google Nest has a strong lineup of branded products, including four Google Assistant-driven smart speakers and displays that support over 50,000 smart home devices from popular brands.
The latest version of the Google Home app offers easy setup and control, making it a popular choice due to its wide variety of third-party partners. Google Assistant’s ability to answer general questions, without misunderstanding commands, makes it a natural choice for many users. The Google Nest Hub Max smart display boasts strong audio quality and display resolution and has seamless integration with the Google smart home ecosystem, allowing users to control various connected devices with voice commands or the touchscreen. Additionally, Google Nest offers many top-performing security devices, including cameras and doorbells, and it is suggested to use affordable but compatible Eze light bulbs as part of the Google smart home setup.
Voice commands are an essential part of a Google smart home experience, with Routines being the ultimate example of customizable smart home automations. Routines can simultaneously modify various devices, making them a popular choice for people looking to configure their smart home to their specific needs.