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  1. EvilGenius

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    Putting this in here because buggered if I know where else to put it..




    Google home is an upcoming competitor to the Amazon Echo, and I bloody want one. Too bad they aren't coming to Australia.. WTF..


    These things seem to be about as close as you can get to saying 'Tea, early grey, hot.' and getting it.


    Features list is pretty long, but basically controls any home automation you care to link it to, voice search, media streaming, any other google assistant features you might already be using with your android phone.



    I can't for the life of me think why this device wouldn't be sold in Australia. With the Amazon echo I can mostly understand, Amazon want you to shop with it and they don't have their vast network here in Australia. Google though? They want your data, they don't have a giant online retail network to feed. Is our data not good enough?
     
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    It might be that they want to roll it out in the USA first. Same happened with Google Now. Same with Microsoft Cortana.

    "Not coming to Australia" might mean "Not coming to Australia YET" or "Not coming to Australia EVER". Not sure which one.
     
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    Yeah I just don't get it. They'd have my money now, like the moment I saw these were available I wanted one. Only outstanding point for me is whether I can get it to respond to jervis instead of 'ok google', because there is nothing natural about saying 'ok google', it just doesn't work.
     
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    I would buy one of these straight away as well. Would consider importing one if there are no issues with getting it powered and language recognition.
     
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    I tried to preorder one of these via Shipito and Bestbuy, but I think Bestbuy worked out my credit card was Australian and cancelled the order.

    This device looks to add a huge leap in convenience technology, especially once you can control apps like Netflix on Chromecast directly with voice, order Ubers, control my Phillips hue light bulbs :cool: and setting timers in the kitchen would be very handy too.

    If anyone manages to work out how to import let me know ! :D
     
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    https://twitter.com/madebygoogle/status/789579257110466560



    Google have had a huge hand in making the internet the global borderless thing that it is, and still they pull this crap.

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. lxboston

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    Hmm it must be the case that they can't guarantee that it will respond to the Australian accent :shock:
     
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    Bit of a BS excuse that one. Google now voice search works just fine. All this google assistant is is a bunch of existing apps they already have working rolled together.

    I'd think more likely it's licensing garbage, contracts for which site google assistant will hit for which questions like 'what's the weather like'.
     
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    True, it is BS. I thought the website that it picked was supposed to be the best that was setup for their Rankbrain search algo, e.g. the site with the best Schema structure, like the results that end up at the top of search these days.
     
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    Summary seems to be, work in progress. What works now works really well, but still missing a lot of features.


     
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    I've got one here in Melbourne.

    Been using it a few weeks, verdict so far:

    Upsides

    - great portable speaker for the kitchen/main living area (chromecast friendly)
    - very easy to play favourite music or spotify playlists (I've got it connected to my Spotify) so I can just say 'play some chet faker' and it will, can also change songs which is cool just by saying 'next song', even just quickly putting on some background piano music is easy
    - the timer is very handy for cooking, you can run more than 1 timer simultaneously and give each a name
    - I've got it connected to control my living room lamps (Philips Hue, so I can turn them on and set dimming %)
    - can call ubers (haven't tried this yet)
    - can check my route to work via Google maps in the morning to find out best route and traffic
    - good for finding out the weather for the day first thing when getting up
    - can speak netflix on chromecast (turns TV on)
    - can speak to play the radio e.g. Triple J
    - You can add things to your grocery shopping list as you remember it, e.g. add coffee beans to my shopping list, when i go shopping i have the full checklist on my phone
    - asking it random facts is fun, how many calories in this etc, who won this football game

    Needs improvement

    - when playing music and its quite loud it's hard to address it sometimes to turn the volume down, that given its got a very good mic for talking to it across room, i haven't had problem with the Australian accent yet
    - it would be great if it could send messages to people via Integration with things like Facebook Messenger and or Whattsapp
    - better Skype integration would be good to send messages and or make calls
    - would be good if could control the TV e.g. turn on, which channel etc, alas it will turn the TV on if you have a chromecast, but only to use within chromecast
    - would be great to have it integrate with grocery delivery providers (this might be the future) to buy your grocery list etc
    - would be great to pay bills and transfer money via (internet banking integrations)
    - train time integrations, e.g. when does the next train leave x station? i guess they could leverage google search and instant answers already to get this


    Be great to hear anyone elses experiences
     
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    This is officially launched in Australia now. :thumbup:

    I happened to be killing time in a big-name electronics shop yesterday and saw a big display of them. It surprised me as I had no idea they were launching here.. anyway couldn't resist so grabbed one and will be playing with it tonight.

    Anyone else grabbed one now they're official in Oz? :) Let me know if you find any cool stuff to do with it.
     
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    i'm sorry Agg, i'm afraid i can't do that ...
     
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    Probably depends on the accent... "OK google chuck a steak on the barbie and grab me a tallie wouldya?"







    OK Google open the garage door....

    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Woo. I heard the announcement that they were 'coming' but hadn't seen the date yet. Will get one as soon as the bank balance stops laughing at me :Paranoid:
     
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    grabbed one earlier today, will have to wait till I get home from work before I can have a play. Going to try and get my little 2yr old to have a bash on it hehe
     
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    call me paranoid but I wouldn't have one even if it were compulsory. Mine would have constant accidents and be broken.

    In the 1960s people were paranoid about Big Brother lisening in to them through hidden microphones in their homes.. in the 2010s people are paying for the privilege.

    if I want to stream music to a portable speaker in my house, guess what.. I have a bluetooth portable speaker precisely for that purpose.

    I'm not one for fad gadgets.
     
  20. elvis

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    I 100% understand and appreciate your concern for privacy. But these are not a "fad".

    There's already a downturn in "app" usage, as digital assistants begin to take over. Voice commands for consumer devices will rapidly become the norm (in contrast to professional devices, which are entirely different). What you and I consider "normal" for a smartphone today will very soon be considered as legacy as a Nokia 3310 pretty soon.

    In 2017 phones that can't also do data, video chat, document sharing, email and a bunch of other things, are in the vast minority. In 2027, that will all be "ancient" technology, as digital assistants take over.

    This is all travelling in one direction, and "short term fad" is not that. Again, that in no way discounts your extremely valid concern for privacy. But don't be fooled into thinking this is all temporary.
     

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