Whether you like it or not, smart assistants are invading the home like never before. Amazon blazed a trail with the Echo, Echo Dot and now Echo Show, but Google soon followed up with its own smart home answer: Google Home.
And in the time since launch its found wider global availability; Home launched in the UK back in April, infiltrating even more houses and, like Echo, acting as a secret gateway to the smart home.
And indeed these devices can really rise above if they allow smart, seamless integration with other bits of nifty tech – either by native means or through the power of IFTTT (If This Then That).
Read on for the best devices that Google Home can currently play nicely with.
Makes sense that Google Home pairs nicely with the company’s own Chromecast devices, right?
Unlike its Nexus Player cousin, which provides a full interface to smarten your TV, Chromecast is a device more in line with Amazon’s Fire Stick. Google’s dongle, though, allows you to sync things up between your phone, tablet or laptop and your TV.
But this process is streamlined further with the help of Google Home, which lets you to fire up video using just the power of your voice. With YouTube and Netflix both supported, unwinding in front of the TV has seldom been simpler.
And if you’re looking to throw 4K video onto your TV, you can always hand over a little more cash and pick up Chromecast Ultra.
From $35, google.com
Google Chromecast Audio
Chromecast not only helps you weave between what’s on your TV, but its audio spin-off also takes care of what’s going on in the speakers.
Even better, Chromecast Audio essentially takes on the same format to empower your regular speaker with smart capabilities. Simply plug it into the AUX port on your speakers and play DJ with your voice through the power of your device.
With Google Home also allowing you to stream through the likes of Spotify, TuneIn and Pandora, you’ll be dancing around to your playlist without lifting a finger.
From $35, google.com
Staying within Google’s own remit, next up is Nest’s Thermostat — a smart device that allows you to control things from your phone and set timers.
But put that smartphone away, friends, because Google Home compatibility allows you to scream your temperature demands and never fiddle with the dial again.
Nest also offers smoke detectors and security cameras for your smart home needs, but Google Home is yet to shake hands with the company’s other offerings.
From $249, nest.com | Amazon
Sure, you could be Google’s number one fan and buy into all of its gadgets, but it’s also healthy to think outside the box with third-party options too.
Take Honeywell, for example, which has Google Home integration to help you control the temperature in your home. Previously, those rocking the likes of Honeywell’s Lyric had to go through an IFTTT workaround in order to pair the two. Oh the humanity!
From $149, honeywell.com | Amazon
Samsung’s smart home system comprises a handful of sensors and outlets, all centered around the SmartThings hub. It makes the smart home incredibly easy to set up, and best of all it’s compatible with a vast range of other smart devices – Google Home included.
Home integration will allow you to control connected lights, outlets and thermostats with the power of voice. A simple “Ok Google, turn on the bedroom fan” is all you need. The future’s pretty great, huh?
$249, samsung.com | Amazon
Since clapping your lights on/off never really became a thing, Philips has stepped in to make the lighting in your home truly smart.
The Phillips Hue smart lightbulb range lets you change up the mood in a room in an instant, with up to 50 able to connect up to a Bridge — for those who’ve won the lottery, that is.
Once you have a colourful ensemble of bulbs lighting your way, you can switch on, dim, brighten and change colour all through Google Home.
The only drawback to the luminous paradise, of course, is the necessity to splash out on a Philips Hue Bridge to connect all the colour.
From $69, philips.com | Amazon
August Smart Lock
August has made quite a name for itself with its smart door lock, which is now on its second generation. And yup, as of March this year it also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
You’ll be able to lock and check the status of your lock by asking Google. Right now you can’t unlock with Google Assistant, so don’t worry about anyone literally talking your door into opening up, although August says it’s working on a safe way to implement an unlock function.
$199, august.com | Amazon
Recently given native integration alongside Honeywell, Belkin’s WeMo range is essentially your one-way ticket to providing your non-smart product with an upgrade.
The outlet already naturally connected to your wireless network and allowed you to switch devices on and off from a companion app, but you can now also set up Google Home to control the WeMo instead of having to travel around with a IFTTT shortcut. The new Mini smart plus won’t block adjacent outlets either. With a simple command, turning off your regular lamp has never been easier.
From $39 Belkin | Amazon
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