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What works with Google Home and the Google Home Mini

Smart speaker duo Google Home and Google Home Mini both work with Google Assistant, a voice-controlled intelligent system baked inside. There are many more smart products that run with Google Assistant, and GearBrain’s new compatibility checker, The GearBrain, can quickly help you discover which will connect through your new Google setup — all designed to help you build your smart, connected home.


To start, just select a product category from the dropdown filter to bring up every smart device that works with Google Home and Google Home Mini. You'll be able to read a review, download relevant content from the editors of GearBrain like How To’s and news updates — as well as locate and buy the item online.

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Working with Google Assistant is as simple as speaking out loud. There are also Google commands — think shortcuts — with some aligned to specific products, and others that are meant as pure fun, such as games you can play with children.


Considered one of the major voice assistants on the market, and a competitor to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant

can read aloud news reports, play music, and access details from your personal Google account, including your daily schedule.


“Hey Google”


The best way to use Google’s AI is to just start with “Hey Google” and ask your question and make a request. New abilities are added regularly to Google’s repertoire — such as a feature that lets you broadcast a message through all your devices, across your entire home.


Let’s say dinner is ready, and you’d rather not shout across the house. You can actually record that message, then play it at once on all the speakers. You can also tap that feature to broadcast over speakers even if you’re out of the house — maybe you’re at the store and want to know if you should pick up milk — and someone can reply just by tapping back on the Google smart speaker.


Beyond Google’s line of speakers there are other devices the tech giant makes including the Google Home Hub, a smart speaker baked into a touchscreen. In addition to features such as mapping your commute to work, the Hub can also act as your control center for her products you own that work with Google Home’s network. (That’s where The GearBrain can help.) Think smart lights, a garage door opener, smart doorbells — and even robots.


Google Routines


Stringing a number of these devices together is possible through Google Routines, eliminating the need to speak to each gadget on its own. Instead, you can link a series of actions together through one request, ideal for activities you want done regularly.


During the morning, you may want the coffee maker and lights to turn on, the thermostat to drop, your shades to rise and Google Assistant to read the weather report, and then the news. Create a “Good Morning” routine and you can get everything going with one simple verbal request.


Getting started with Google is as simple as plugging in your new Google Home, and, of course, checking The GearBrain to keep abreast of new devices, and new ways, to build your ultimate connected home.