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Offline jwlv

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FAIL! Google Home
« on: November 05, 2016, 10:06:14 pm »
According to USA today, Google Home is a fail.

« Last Edit: November 05, 2016, 10:08:42 pm by jwlv »

Re: FAIL! Google Home
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2016, 01:53:35 am »
Not surprised; so we can pop the top and drop an air freshener inside to make it more useful.

Re: FAIL! Google Home
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2016, 01:54:30 pm »
Do any of you really rely on USA Today for tech?

I have one sitting next to my Echo and it succeeds every time the Echo fails on something. I also prefer the more verbose responses from HA commands rather than just OK. Speaker system is much more musical than Echo as well.

It is also more sensitive than the Echo, picking up my voice from my office where the Echo fails (both units are in the bedroom down the hall).

I can ask it for any podcast (even rather obscure ones) and it just finds and plays them. I can say skip ahead xx seconds/minutes or go back xx seconds/minutes, and it remembers where I left off.

I can ask it about traffic to anywhere (not just work).

I can name my timers.

I can set the volume in 1% increments.

It is much smarter with my Hue integration: allowing me to change colors (it accepts every color I have asked for - including taupe and lavender), and turning on lights with the same word in their name, and allows for instant name changes via nicknames. i.e. "turn on front lights" will turn on any lights with 'front' in the name.

And casting is great, with whole house range over wifi. Can send my playlists to any/all system(s) in my house with a single command.

In comparison to my Echo, the only things it currently falls short on is:

1.) Creating a new calendar event... while it will read me my events for today or any given week or day, I can not yet set one.

2.) Obviously, my custom skills that report values from various SmartThings is missing. We'll see what is possible when they announce the API next month.

3.) Currently only one alarm sound (which I rather like) and one timer sound (which is a little jarring for my taste).

4.) No playback sleep timer.

Say what you want about the design, it fits in nicely (rather than standing out), is bottom heavy so if you knock it it will just move rather than tip over, and is much nicer to listen to music on.

Hardly a fail in my book.

Re: FAIL! Google Home
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2016, 06:37:38 pm »
Thanks for the feedback, so you think Echo device owners ought to have at least one Google Home device to "complete the set" of talking gadgets?

Re: FAIL! Google Home
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2016, 08:01:20 pm »
It depends on what you use it for, and the ecosystem you have installed. If you rely on it for questions, I'd say yes. If you want multi-room audio and don't already have Sonos, I'd say definitely. If you're tied into Google services and want integration with an always listening device, I'd say keep an eye out for the future (it is a little disappointing in this regard currently).

But if you're happy with all that Echo does, this isn't a reason to change; at least not yet.

With one Echo, and one Home, I don't see myself getting rid of either at this point. But if I had to install another tomorrow, it would be another Home... based on what it does better, and multi-room Wifi support, and that multiple Homes within earshot behave better.

Offline Snafs

Re: FAIL! Google Home
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016, 05:23:38 pm »
Whilst I agree that Google should be able to add things to it's own Google Calendar NOW, and it's a bit odd it can't, I feel a few people are being over harsh here.

They are comparing a product, that's been out 1 week, with a product that's been out 2 years and had 2 years of updates, 3rd party skills and work done to it.

To be fair, how about testing the Echo on launch day? I know that can't be done now :)

Or, test the echo today, and compare it to what the Google home will be like in 2 years.

Ok, perhaps I'm being silly, but I feel we need to give it a bit of slack here as it's only just launched, It's got a long long was to go and is already much better than the echo in many ways.

That's not to say I don't like my Echo. I love my Echo and I won't want it to get left behind, so I'm hoping the launch of the Google product will force Amazon to devote way more time into improving the Echo, faster that is has been.

Re: FAIL! Google Home
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017, 01:30:02 am »
I agree with everything ScottinPollock said and with all this time that has passed, GH has even more features.  I like having both :)  Already wish I had one more GH but I'm pretty sure that won't happen.  DH has already said I've gone over-board with the whole smart home and AI thing :o 

I had Argentine Tango music playing on GH (yes, there is an Argentine Tango station!) in the dining room.  I was two rooms away.  I hollered for DH to say "Hey Google, stop".  It heard me and stopped!  No way could Alexa have heard that with the level of the music that was playing.

I hope I'm not sounding anti-Alexa with the various posts about GH.  I still love the Echo Dots but GH is filling in some AI gaps and getting improving (just as Alexa is).