Google Home mini £34/Google Home £104 @ Google Store
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Google Home mini £34/Google Home £104 @ Google Store

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Found 21st Mar
Both reduced at Google Store.

Includes the Coral mini.
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    Reduced everywhere at the moment...
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    Babbler21 m ago

    Reduced everywhere at the moment...


    Yup. Last I knew, the coral was a Google store exclusive though?
    The Home isn't a great price but the Mini is.
    I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing these units when in reality they are not that useful.

    Is anyone actually monitoring the bandwidth used by these devices? Something tells me they are always on and they are transmitting ALL the sound and might be a conspiracy theory but I think that's the reason behind Google and Amazon pushing these so hard.

    Later edit: Seems other did monitor the traffic and it's sending tons of data productforums.google.com/forum/. So it's definitely profiling. Scary to be honest.
    vladdy35 m ago

    I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing …I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing these units when in reality they are not that useful.Is anyone actually monitoring the bandwidth used by these devices? Something tells me they are always on and they are transmitting ALL the sound and might be a conspiracy theory but I think that's the reason behind Google and Amazon pushing these so hard.Later edit: Seems other did monitor the traffic and it's sending tons of data https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/DppySizGtDM. So it's definitely profiling. Scary to be honest.

    They send everything after OK google, not before, the stats described in the post you linked make no sense, I expect the volume mentioned couldn’t even be sent by the device even if it wanted to, if it was sending all audio then even then the volume would be much less.. I would suggest doing your research.. there was an instance a while back where some beta devices were doing this, but I assume that related to a debugging setting being left on..
    XEntity8 m ago

    They send everything after OK google, not before, the stats described in …They send everything after OK google, not before, the stats described in the post you linked make no sense, I expect the volume mentioned couldn’t even be sent by the device even if it wanted to, if it was sending all audio then even then the volume would be much less.. I would suggest doing your research.. there was an instance a while back where some beta devices were doing this, but I assume that related to a debugging setting being left on..


    I'm not sure. I don't own a device so I cannot monitor myself but it would be interesting if you guys have a few to monitor. Check how much band they use.
    I’ll be picking mine up later, but with Echo devices working in the same manager, I can confirm that there is no data being sent continuously. I’ve monitored my network closely and the data is only being used when requests are made to a specific Echo device and I expect a google devices to work in a similar manner

    These devices are not wiretaps being hidden in plain sight to listen in to your every word

    Whilst I appreciate that unknown tech can be concerning for some, jus throwing conspiracy theories out there is pointless and childish at best.

    If you don’t like it don’t buy it. If you’re concerned then do some proper reading up and not just believing something a crackpot writes down on Facebook
    vladdy5 h, 31 m ago

    I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing …I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing these units when in reality they are not that useful.Is anyone actually monitoring the bandwidth used by these devices? Something tells me they are always on and they are transmitting ALL the sound and might be a conspiracy theory but I think that's the reason behind Google and Amazon pushing these so hard.Later edit: Seems other did monitor the traffic and it's sending tons of data https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/DppySizGtDM. So it's definitely profiling. Scary to be honest.


    What do you mean not that useful? They're very useful, especially for:-
    - Cooking, can follow recipes without touching my phone.
    -Heating, just tell it to turn the heating up/down/off/on.
    -Calling, I never carry my phone around the house with me so generally just ask Google to call people.
    -Lights, main lights can turn on and off automatically but if you walk into a room at a random time you can just tell Google to turn the light on.
    -kettle, turn the kettle on remotely so there's hot water before you even get to the kitchen.
    -Celebs, is that celeb still alive/how old?
    And so much more......

    *Forgot the most useful "Hey Google, where's my phone?" And it'll ring it for me even on silent!
    Edited by: "palest_gopher" 22nd Mar
    vladdy5 h, 57 m ago

    I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing …I keep thinking, why are these companies so aggressive about marketing these units when in reality they are not that useful.Is anyone actually monitoring the bandwidth used by these devices? Something tells me they are always on and they are transmitting ALL the sound and might be a conspiracy theory but I think that's the reason behind Google and Amazon pushing these so hard.Later edit: Seems other did monitor the traffic and it's sending tons of data https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/DppySizGtDM. So it's definitely profiling. Scary to be honest.


    palest_gopher28 m ago

    What do you mean not that useful? They're very useful, especially for:-- …What do you mean not that useful? They're very useful, especially for:-- Cooking, can follow recipes without touching my phone.-Heating, just tell it to turn the heating up/down/off/on.-Calling, I never carry my phone around the house with me so generally just ask Google to call people.-Lights, main lights can turn on and off automatically but if you walk into a room at a random time you can just tell Google to turn the light on.-kettle, turn the kettle on remotely so there's hot water before you even get to the kitchen.-Celebs, is that celeb still alive/how old?And so much more......*Forgot the most useful "Hey Google, where's my phone?" And it'll ring it for me even on silent!


    As a father of a 9 month old, "OK google, play pepper pig on TV" while your hands are full of baby/nappy/food is very handy!
    That is, until he figures out how to say it himself I guess...
    These are so much better than the Amazon Echo. I didn’t want either, but they ended up as the must give gift at Christmas.
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    Emeye4 h, 59 m ago

    These are so much better than the Amazon Echo. I didn’t want either, but t …These are so much better than the Amazon Echo. I didn’t want either, but they ended up as the must give gift at Christmas.


    Not true! They both have merits and weaknesses. I use both. The Amazon echo dots are currently outselling Google home minis probably because the dots have the 'skills' feature which the home minis lack and the Amazon echo dots also have an audio output so you can connect high quality cabled speakers. The home minis don't. There's greater flexibility with the Amazon's echo than Google's home. I also prefer Alexa's voice over Google but either are good.

    The only thing I would favour with Google's home is you can have more of a natural conversation and Google is the biggest search engine so the minis will recognise more words and know more answers to the questions you throw at it. The echo's use Bing.
    palest_gopher22nd Mar

    What do you mean not that useful? They're very useful, especially for:-- …What do you mean not that useful? They're very useful, especially for:-- Cooking, can follow recipes without touching my phone.-Heating, just tell it to turn the heating up/down/off/on.-Calling, I never carry my phone around the house with me so generally just ask Google to call people.-Lights, main lights can turn on and off automatically but if you walk into a room at a random time you can just tell Google to turn the light on.-kettle, turn the kettle on remotely so there's hot water before you even get to the kitchen.-Celebs, is that celeb still alive/how old?And so much more......*Forgot the most useful "Hey Google, where's my phone?" And it'll ring it for me even on silent!


    But all the points you mentioned need a third party device
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