Google makes a Home in Australia


Google Home is a voice-activated, always-listening powered speaker: if you start a phrase with the words "OK Google", it'll hear it and interpret the words that you speak next, whether it's a specific phrase like "what's the weather like today?" or a natural language question like "what was the name of the victor of Eurovision in 2010?".

Google is making an overdue push into Aussie homes this week with the local launch of its Google Home and Google Wifi gadgets.

Google Home allows you to control connected hardware products in your home by issuing voice commands. With a simple "Ok Google", you can get answers, turn up the music, manage your everyday tasks or even turn on or adjust your compatible smart lights.

Part of the delay between Home's global and Australian launches can be attributed to the fact that the speaker - and Google Assistant, the voice-activated AI that also runs on Google's Pixel smartphones - has been localised both to recognise and interpret Aussie accents, and to respond in kind with a bespoke voice.

Starting July 20, Aussies can enjoy Google Home, our voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Nine months after its debut in the USA, it is finally available to buy in Australia - complete with a dinky-di accent.

According to Google, a single device can understand up to six different voices tied to six separate Google accounts. You can check out the official Google Home video for more info above. Ask it for brekkie ideas or where the nearest servo is. The mesh network can be controlled entirely using the Google Wifi app. And of course, we've hidden a few Aussie treats for you to discover along the way. It can wake you up in the morning (or let you snooze), set a timer while you're baking, and more.

When it's not doing any of that, which is probably 99% of the time, Google Home can play streaming music through a set of punchy speakers.

Google makes a Home in Australia
Google makes a Home in Australia

If you're already a Spotify customer, don't worry, that's supported as well as is TuneIn. Soon, Google Home will be open to third party apps for the Assistant, giving you access to even more of your favourite services and content.

On July 20th, both Home and Wifi will hit Australian stores.

Individual Google Wifi units will carry a price of $199, though if you're looking to really take advantage of what mesh networks have to offer, you can also opt for a three-pack priced at $499 - ideal for larger homes where one Wi-Fi might not cut it.

Google Home can be found online on Google's store as well as at JB HiFi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, The Good Guys, as well as both Optus and Telstra stores from July 20 for $199.

More information on the Australian Google Blog.

Alongside the launch of the Google smart speaker will be the Australian launch of Google Wifi, the company's mesh Wi-Fi network product, which is created to cover your entire home with super-fast, reliable Wi-Fi, capable of handling the demands of 4K video streams in a simple, minimal design.

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