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Does Google Home Live Up To Expectations Consumer Reports Joins Us To Answer

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Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to tell us about Google Home

The new Google Home speaker is obviously the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo. But does it measure up? Consumer Reports electronics spokesman James McQueen is here with a hands-on review.

Like the Amazon Echo, the Google Home speaker is less a wireless speaker than a conduit for a cloud-based virtual assistant. It can control internet-connected devices, procure Uber taxi rides and other services, and answer questions—silly or serious—to help get you through the day.

It’s pretty nifty as a speaker, too, because the assistant, the same Google Assistant you’d use with Android smartphones, will begin streaming your favorite music, news reports, and traffic and weather updates from an impressive number of sources at your command. It’s as simple saying OK Google.

Start using Google Home, and it becomes clear that the Google Assistant has a slightly higher IQ points than the Amazon Echo’s Alexa does.

For instance, the Google Assistant understands and responds appropriately to questions spoken in sloppy English, such as like “What’s the calories in a bagel?” And it also seems to have a better grasp of context. For example, you can ask Google Home, “When’s the next time it’s going to rain?” And it will tell you, “In [your home town] it will rain on Thursday.”

For more info on this story, visit ConsumerReports.org.

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For Into Tomorrow, James McQueen – Consumer Reports

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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