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  • Writer's pictureReuven Sherwin

[Product Review] [UPDATE] Google Home Review

[This is an update to a review of Google Home, which I performed almost exactly a year ago]

[I've only updated the main differences, which caused me to upgrade the overall score from 3.8 to 4.1]


Great Promise - starting to deliver - and Much to Look Forward to!

==> Total: 4.1 out of 5

My main complaint with the device, was that for a Smart Speaker, it's use was super limited, mainly to paid music services (and conveniently enough, Google left out the one paid music service I'm using, Apple Music.

To make things worse, there was no way to enjoy content on my device, unless it happened to be integrated Google ChromeCast.

Well, that all (mostly) changed.

1. Adding good integration with TuneIn, a free service streaming radio, integrated with many stations around the world, including Israel, allowed me to listen in to local (Israeli) radio stations.

1.1. While the commands I had to give were to easy to fail ("Ok Google, Play Eco 99 FM on TuneIn"), Google worked around this by adding the option to define shortcuts, making it quite easy ("Ok Google, Radio 99 fm").

==> So now I can easily listen to Radio!

2. And even better, they added Bluetooth Audio.

All I had to do was to say "Ok Google, Bluetooth Pairing" - and voila - I could connect my phone to the speaker, and can stream any audio content to the device.

And the beauty of it all - it was (as I hoped and expected) all done via software upgrades.

One day I didn't have it. The next day I did.



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