Did you recently buy a Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max or Home Hub? It’s time to set up your brand new smart speaker or smart display. These devices can do a whole lot, from playing music to reading the weather to controlling your smart home devices — and all you need to do to get the attention of Google Assistant is to say “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.” We break down how to set up your Google Home, so you can get started with all the things this product can do. 1. (In case it’s not obvious) plug it in To get started, first plug your Google Home device into the wall. There is no power button on the Google Home, so as long as it’s plugged into an outlet, it’s automatically on. Wait a few minutes for it to light up, and it will then begin looking for your phone to set up a connection. Keep your phone on hand, so you’ll know when the two are ready to be synced. 2. Download the Google Home app Whether you use an iPhone … [Read more...] about Google Home setup: How to get your Google Home, Home Mini, or Hub up and running
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Google has made it so all its smart home products work nearly seamlessly together, and it all stems from the brains of the operation: Google Home ($99 at Walmart). With one of Google's smart speakers, you can adjust the temperature of a Nest thermostat, control Nest security ($499 at HP) cameras, and stream your favorite shows on Chromecast ($24 at eBay), without ever lifting a finger.There's also something Google Home can do that you might not have known. It can turn on almost any TV. Here's how.Check your TV for CEC supportTo turn on your television with Google Home, you need two things: a Chromecast and a newer television that supports CEC.A Chromecast by itself can power on your TV through a feature called CEC or Consumer Electronics Control. In short, if you enable this feature on your TV, it allows you to control the television through various HDMI devices. For instance, your Xbox, PlayStation or Blu-ray player can toggle the power of your television, and in the case of … [Read more...] about How to turn on your TV with Google Home
Choosing what smart home products are right for you is really about choosing the right voice assistant. With Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod all using separate assistants, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. On the one hand, Amazon Alexa offers a huge range of integration. There are tons of smart plugs, smart bulbs, TVs, cars, and microwaves that work with Alexa — making it the most widely integrated of the three. On the other hand, though Google Assistant is still a bit behind, a lot of people prefer interactions with this A.I. over Alexa. Whether you’re in the market for an Echo or a Google Home smart speaker, the price is likely going to end up playing a big role in your purchasing decision. Amazon and Walmart are both offering generous discounts on smart home bundles, speakers, and displays right now. With discounts up to $65, now is a great time to add a little extra smart to your home. Amazon Echo Deals Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod get generous discounts
Target is playing against the big boys, Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy, for the best Black Friday gadget bargains this year. It just may get ahead of the competition by debuting some deals early. Update, Nov. 23: Confirmed deals availability and pricing.Keep in mind: Deals and prices have been verified as of Friday, Nov. 23.Some deals are in-store only, but most should also be available at Target.com. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Target Black Friday deals available online now Google Home Hub, $100 (save $50) Chris Monroe/CNET Doorbuster (limited quantities): OK Google, what's new? This cameraless, petite smart screen will blend into any room. And makes perfect sense in the kitchen, as a photo frame or a smart home control panel. See at Target Google Home Hub review Amazon Echo Dot (2018), $24 (half price) Ry Crist/CNET Doorbuster (limited quantities): It's tiny, cheap and sounds … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2018 Target deals: Get $100 Google Home Hub, $25 Google Home Mini, $70 Bose SoundLink Micro and more right now!
HomeKit, Apple's smart home platform, made a very brief showing at WWDC 2018. Even so, the updates could make your Siri-powered smart home devices easier to control. Here are the things that caught our attention. ShortcutsShortcuts is a new app coming with iOS 12 that lets you create custom phrases to trigger a specific action using Siri. Tell Siri you lost your keys and Shortcuts should automatically communicate with your Tile locator to help you find your missing stuff. This is supposed to work on iOS devices, Apple Watch via Watch OS 5 and the HomePod smart speaker (something we look forward to testing out). The WWDC demo also included smart home Shortcuts like "Turn on fan" or "Set thermostat to 70 degrees" -- both HomeKit automations from the Home app. I'm not yet clear how this differs from the existing Siri voice integrations with smart home devices, except that you use the Shortcuts app to create the custom phrases (rather than the existing Home … [Read more...] about All of the smart home updates Apple announced at WWDC 2018