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Google Home Review

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Design

The Home reminds us a little of a nesting doll that's had its top shorn off at an angle. It's white and comes with a gray base, but you can get orange, purple, or teal fabric, and a metal version in black, white, or copper. They actually have fancier names, but we're not going to call something mango and expect you to know what we're talking about.

The angled top is touch-sensitive and illuminates with multi-colored dots when you summon the device with an "OK, Google" or "Hey, Google," the phrases that signal it should start listening. You can use the surface to change the volume, start a request, play or pause music, or turn off an alarm or timer. There's a microphone button in the back, so you can ensure the device isn't listening.

Features

Google Home supports Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. You can select a default player to handle all your music-related requests, so that you don't have to specify an app each time. We linked a Spotify account and asked Google Home to play our "Ello, Charlie" playlist, and the Home had no trouble firing it up.


Overall, it's come a long way since its debut. It quickly caught up to where the Echo was after a year in terms of smart-home control, and it keeps adding features that go way beyond skills. The Voice Match and calling are both great additions, and now there are a couple new additions to the Home lineup.

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