Amazon Echo and Alexa dominate the smart home speaker game, and Apple has gradually built up HomeKit support via the mighty power of the iPhone. But Google Home is the newest kid on the block, and it is therefore a little more difficult to find which services and products are compatible.
If you’re a Google power user who wants to put a smart home together, you’ll want to know what works with your Home and what doesn’t. Pro tip: You can spot a “works with the Google Assistant” badge to determine which products work with Google Home. New devices are always being added too.
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For now, here are some of our favorites.
It feels like you can’t talk about the smart home without talking about Philips Hue, and for good reason. The Hue ecosystem is continually growing with many different kits and lights to make your place all fancy. From bowl lights to light strips to bulbs and lamps, the extensive number of options you have make it a worthy consideration.
While Philips Hue is the big name in smart lights, LIFX has become a beloved second option. Its claim to fame is how simple it can be to set up. These bulbs allow you to skip the hub and get right to its 16 million colors and 1,000 shades of warm to cool whites.
Of course Nest would show up on this list, it would be a shame if Google’s sister company didn’t have a product that worked well with its smart home speaker. The thing that separates the Nest Thermostat from the competition is that it can learn your habits after a week of training it.
Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, or you just don’t want to turn your home over to two Alphabet products, there’s the Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat. There’s seven-day programming and smart scheduling, but it’s also compatible with Google Assistant via Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort platform. Unfortunately this one is US-only.
TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug
TP-Link’s Wi-Fi smart plug will do about what you expect. You’ll get energy monitoring and remote access to turn on and off devices, scheduling, and away mode, which turns off all your devices when you leave. And of course, you’ll have Google Assistant support to turn devices on and off with the power of your voice. Plus, you’ll get all of that at an affordable price.
Wemo Insight Smart Plug
Belkin’s Wemo Insight does what other smart plugs do. It’ll get you remote access and energy monitoring, sure. But it also comes with a nice sweetener for those of you embedded in Alphabet’s smart home products: it can talk to Nest thermostats. So your Nest can tell your Insight Smart Plug whether you’re home or away, and then the smart plug will turn off your devices.
The streaming devices
“OK Google, play the Bladerunner 2049 trailer on TV.” Yes, that’s right. You can use Google Assistant on your Google Home to control what you watch on your TV, which gives you access to all of those Chromecast-supported apps, like Netflix and Hulu, plus the treasure trove of content on YouTube.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A6
Don’t want to rely on your Home’s speakers for some sound, or think they’re not good enough? Google Home will allow you to stream your music from your Home to an external Wi-Fi speaker via Google Assistant. One of those speakers is Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay A6, which has wide-staged sound so that it can fill your room with only two speakers.
One of the things Google Home is pretty good at is integrating with established smart home systems. One of the most extensive available is Samsung SmartThings, which won’t only enable you to control Samsung’s own smart products, but a whole range of smart products that Google Home doesn’t directly support quite yet.
If Google Home’s support is leaving you a bit disappointed, then there’s something else you can do to boost your smart home. You can tap into the power of IFTTT, connect it with Google Assistant and allow it to control a whole host of other appliances, like refrigerators and vacuums and more. All you have to do is connect the two apps on your smartphone.
August Smart Lock
This popular smart lock will allow you to not worry about your keys again by activating when your phone’s Bluetooth signal is close. With Google Home and Google Assistant support, however, you’ll simple be able to tell Google to lock or unlock your doors. And if you forget, you can ask Google, too. No need to walk back and check for yourself.
Watering your lawn with automated sprinklers can be both expensive and frustrating. That’s where Rachio comes in. It’ll let you connect your sprinkler system to Wi-Fi so that it can use weather reports to know not to water the lawn in the rain. It’s also got smart scheduling so that you can customize your watering for your budget. With Google Assistant support, you can tell it when to stop, start or which zones in your yard to water.
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Published at Wed, 10 May 2017 23:14:04 +0000