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Google Home

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Google Home is great complement for information/ entertainment. As of 31 Jan 2020, it can play YouTube Music. Set YouTube Music as the default player. Here are the steps:

 

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner of the Home screen, tap Account .
  3. Verify that the Google account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Make sure that your mobile phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  5. Tap Settings and then Services tab and then Music .
  6. To choose your default service, tap the radio button to the left of the service.

Reference: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7060506?hl=en-SG

 

Example. "Ok Google, play Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits".

 

Podcasts:

Google Home can be used to play podcasts. Examples include BBC (limited). Note all programs but News, Business Daily will work. Just say "Ok Google, play Business Daily BBC podcast", "Ok Google, play Newshour BBC podcast". Other good podcasts include The Economist "Ok Google, play The Economist Radio podcast". Straits Times subscribers will be also to listen to news "Ok Google, listen to news from The Straits Times".

 

Schedule:

Check your schedule "Ok Google, what's my next appointment".

 

Duo Call:

If you have Duo setup, you will be able to make calls to other Duo subscribers. You can also call your Google Home device.

 

Routines:

Setup routines. There are some that are preset e.g. “OK Google, good morning,” your Assistant can tell you about the weather, play music or news, readout your schedule, expected commute time and more. Setup using Google Home app.

 

Information:

Check the time, day of the week, date e.g. "Ok Google, what is the day of the week". Get weather information e.g. "Ok Google, will it rain today?", "Ok Google, what is the temperature?", "Ok Google, what is the humidity?". Get information e.g. "Ok Google, spell XXXX". "Ok Google where is XXXX?". "Ok Google, what is XXXX?".

 

Add another user:

Using Google Home app, add other users to Google Home. They will need to customize their voice. Google Home will customize based on voice recognition.

 

Where you can one at a lower cost:

You can now get your hands on Google Home mini at a cheaper rate - $69 as compared to the usual retail price at $79 (from Google Store) when you sign up for a StarHub broadband or HomeHub plan. The advantages of the Google Home Mini is smaller form factor and can be hung from a wall if desired.

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