You’ve definitely heard a lot about Google Home and Google Cast App. If yes then you also know that With the recent announcement of Google Home, a new voice-activated speaker, they rename the Google Cast app to the Google Home app. So you now have a one-stop destination to manage your compatible home devices. This is the app that tells you what’s coming up your day is and fill the room with the sounds of whales if you so desire.
Before proceeding furthermore let’s introduce you with Google Gome.
What is Google Home?
Google Home, like Amazon Alexa, is a Wi-Fi connected the smart home hub and digital assistant. Home is a small speaker tower that contains far-field microphones designed to pick up speech at a distance as well as touch controls, a microphone mute button, and lights that let you know when it’s listening.
There’s only a single speaker in Google Home, as compared to the two in the Amazon Echo, which can have an effect on how good noises at both the high and low ends of the spectrum sound. Google Home isn’t going to replace a high-end Bluetooth speaker, but it works fine for everything else.
How do I start using Google Home?
Anyone interested in Google Home can pick one up online from the Google Store or can find them at many popular electronics retailers.
Setting up a Google Home is simple: You just need a home Wi-Fi network and a smartphone. You don’t have to have a Google account to use Home, but without one many of its more useful features will be unavailable.
That means Google Home is one of those devices that the more you use it, the more you discover it can do.
Google Home App and its Features
Once you have a Google Home device, you can use the Google Home app to set it up and discover new features and offers, adjust the device’s settings such as your default music provider and your location, and sync compatible smart home devices such as lights, thermostats, and Chromecast devices.
The main page of the Google Home app is pretty busy, but at least it’s fairly easy to find your way around. The main feed on the app’s home screen offers up trending and recommended content. After all, Chromecasts aren’t very fun without something to cast to them.
Using the Watch tab, you can discover trending and popular video content on your Chromecast-enabled apps like HBO Now, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Google Play Movies.
2. Discover Content
If you need some suggestions for finding stuff to watch, the Google Home app is ready to help. Discover offers up a bevy of films, TV shows and apps for you to expand your entertainment horizons with, but the true diamond in the rough for Discover comes when you search for a film using the app’s search button. Once you find a movie you want to buy or rent and Cast, Google Home will give you the price of the film in each of the compatible stores you’ve installed.
The devices section lets you view and configure your Cast devices and Cast groups. Tap on the three-line menu button on the top of any device card and you’ll be able to Reboot the device, enable Guest Mode, or edit the device’s Settings. Tapping on the device’s card will also reveal the Settings for you to view and edit.
Within Device settings, you can edit a device’s name, its Wi-Fi network, and if it’s a Google Home, you can edit which apps are tied into Google Assistant through Actions for Google. If you’ve plugged in a new device nearby that needs setting up, Setup will be a big hold action at the bottom of its device card.
4. Speaking of Chromecast devices
As the app formerly known as Google Cast can still be used in conjunction with a Chromecast device. With a Chromecast media streaming device, you can use the app to browse popular video content on your Chromecast-enabled apps like Google Play Movies, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube in the Watch tab, and to explore new apps and offers in the Explore tab. The app also lets you search for new stuff to watch by title or actor and control volume and playback.
Another layer in Google Home settings allows you to personalize the Google Assistant by connecting smart home hardware or changing which services you get from your news briefing.
You can also enable Guest mode, which allows anyone to connect to your Home without being on your Wi-Fi network. which is great for parties or for friends without giving them the keys to the kingdom.
5. Search Traffic from Google Home App
Google is reading and showing clicks coming from Google Home app as direct traffic. The search result that is coming in SERP under the ‘Related to your activity’ section is being read by the Google Analytics as direct traffic.
If you put your search query or phrase on Google Home App search bar, Google provides the exact or the most relevant results. Obviously, that that information will be coming from web pages that are indexed in Google.
Google Home companion app is very useful both for iPhones and Android phones. The discovery tab in this app helps to find the recent browsing history. It also assists the searchers with the exact source of the link from which the answer has been taken.
The more with Google Home App
Manage Your Shopping List
Perhaps the best early feature of Home is the ability to curate your shopping list on Google Keep with the Assistant. While I would like for Google to open up the compatibility, allowing users to choose which note or list app they use or even just letting you curate several notes on Keep. Just tell Home to add an item to your shopping list and it will. Plus, you can share the list with family or roommates so everyone can stay on top of what to get.
Order an Uber, Domino’s Pizza and More Services
Google Assistant is currently way behind Alexa in terms of supported services, but the list is growing for Mountain View’s digital assistant. You can order an Uber through your Home, plus a Domino’s pizza, take a daily quiz from Buzzfeed and much more. Most of the integrated services are thin on utility, but it’s promising to see the list grow from solely Uber at launch.
The most whimsical feature of the Google Home is by far the various games you can play. Mad Libs and Lucky Trivia are the stars here, showing off the Google Assistant’s smarts and personality, but there are numerous other modes to choose thanks to a bevy of integrated games added post-launch, like 21 Blackjack and Akinator the Genie. If you’re having a game night with friends, throw in the Home for a round or two.
Have Home Remember Things For You
A nifty, if hidden, a feature of Google Home App is its ability to remember things for you. At first, I thought this was useful in a benign way, like telling the Assistant what my cat’s name is, but the feature goes beyond that. If there’s something you’re constantly losing track of, simply tell Google where you put it and it will remember.