Google Home and Wifi coming to Australia

Evrard Martin
Juillet 18, 2017

It may have taken nearly a year, but Google's most impressive product yet is finally available in Australia this week - Google Home will be available for $199 from Thursday.

"The global (smart home) industry has seen strong growth in regions that voice control, through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, has been introduced", says Kara Alexander, senior product manager at Linksys, in charge of the Wemo product line.

We've been waiting for Google's latest smart home gadgets to go on sale locally since they were launched in the U.S. late past year.

"Ask it for brekkie ideas or where the nearest servo is".

"And of course, we've hidden a few Aussie treats for you to discover along the way".

The Google WiFi hubs create a mesh network to improve the wireless coverage around your home.

To get the Home's attention, you simply say "Okay Google" and issue your command.

If you want to make you're smart (IoT-powered) home to be powered by voice commands, you need a voice assistant. Launching without any local deals in place is surprising, perhaps Google was concerned that if it waited too long to launch the Amazon Echo speaker would steal its thunder. Up to six accounts can be linked to one device, with voice recognition used to determine who's talking.

Unfortunately Google Assistant still lacks a parental mode, meaning parents cannot declare some features off limits for the children - which could create problems when the youngest members of the household discover that the genie in the lamp can magically make pizza appear at the front door.

Google is also releasing its wi-fi router on Thursday, which uses sophisticated mesh technology to ensure even coverage throughout the whole building.

Google Wifi is also available on 20 July for $199 for a single-pack and $499 for a three-pack from The Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, and Officeworks.

Google WiFi will be available from July 20 from the same stores as the Google Home.

Google Home is also helpful in the kitchen.

Smart speakers are shaping up to be the heart of the smart home, with Internet of Things pioneer Nest launching in Australia last week to coincide with their arrival.

The home speaker looks like, well, just a small speaker - but does so much more than just play music. Nest's product manager recently lamented Apple HomeKit's locked-down approach to the smart home - which makes it more hard for smart gadgets like Nest's thermostat, smoke alarm and speakers to connect to an Apple-centric home. It's also compatible with home smart devices from brands like Philips Hue and IFTTT so you can control your lighting just by speaking.

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