Google Home: 5 surprising things your smart speaker can do

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The new Nest Audio is the latest addition to the Google Home family.

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Almost anyone thought that pops into your head could be turned into a trick for Google Home, Nest audio, Nest mini And so on. Need some numbers and too lazy to find your phone? Google Home can count this Fast way. Not sure how to spell a word? Google Home knows how. The list of problems you can solve with Google Home is almost endless like Google’s search results.

After acquiring the basics – playing music, Weather check, playing games – It’s time to expand your repertoire. Here are some of the best-known questions and orders you can ask from Google Home:

Google Home can reserve your restaurant

just say, “Okay, Google, reserve a table for two at Spago tonight for 7pm.” Google Home will then go to you through booking a reservation. It is not a complete mess. You may be asked about the information already provided (“How many are there in your party?”) But it is still remarkable – surprisingly – easy to do. At least this open table reservation service is much simpler than navigating the site, filling in web forms, and clicking through drop-down menus.

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Don’t bother with the physical volume button – adjust to 100 increments with your voice.

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Volume control is way more flexible than you think

It’s not a question, okay, but it’s a solution to a problem you wouldn’t even know you had. You can set the volume by saying the number from 1 to 10: “Hey, Google, set to volume 5” for example.

But the volume on the Google Home speaker is actually higher than the 10. Settings are a matter of fact. This means that if 5 is too loud but 4 is too quiet, you can tell Google Home “Set the volume to 4.5” or “Fold volume up to 45%” (Either gets you the same result). You will never hear a round-number volume again.

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You can get weather reports at any hour of the next 10 days just by asking.

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Show you detailed weather forecast

Sure, it’s good to find out if you need a jacket before you get out of the house, but “Hey, Google, what’s the weather today?” Only tells you what is happening now. What if you are planning a weekend getaway or outdoor meetup? You can ask Google Home for weather forecasts, not only a specific day, but also a specific time of day. Try questions like these (to begin with) “Hey,” or “Okay, Google …”)

  • “What will be the temperature at 11 o’clock?”
  • “How much air will it be tonight at 7 o’clock?”
  • “Is it going to rain at 5 pm on Friday?”

Google Home knows celebrities better than TMZ

Say you’re watching a breakout 1998 film starring Matt Damon. You know he was practically a kid, but you can’t remember how young he was. ask, “Hey Google, how old was Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting?” (He was 26 years old, but his character was 20.)

And anytime you catch a late-large on YouTube, ask, “Hey, Google, how old was Johnny Carson when he died?” (He was 79).

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Find out if you have time to store it before closing by asking Google Home the operating hours.

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Google Home Store knows hours, phone number, travel time

It is very easy. You want to know anything about any store you’re thinking of, from operating hours (phone, usually, updated epidemic hours) to phone numbers (but you’ll need to) Set Google Home as speakerphone If you want to call the device yourself) Instructions for the nearest location, just ask ( “Hey,” or “Okay, Google …”)

  • “Where is the nearest best buy?”
  • “What time does Walmart close?”
  • “What is the number for the nearest Walgreens / call.”

Of course, for all these tips to work correctly you will want to make sure that your Google Home is set up correctly. How is here Fix issues with voice matchIdentifies the technology Google Google is speaking for. Bump into your security settings These two privacy tips. And make sure Turn off these five settings For the best Google Home experience.

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