Google Home @ PC World - £99 - claimed today only (11/07/17)
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Google Home @ PC World - £99 - claimed today only (11/07/17)

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Found 10th Jul
Google Home for 99 quid. Apparently today only. No doubt it'll be this price elsewhere as we go into prime day.

FYI this is valid tomorrow as well, its one day only i.e the 11th, but deals started tonight at 6pm, the same as Amazon
Top comments

ferrarian

Crazy, why would anyone pay Google to give up your own privacy.



you think you have privacy now, cute..

jaydeeuk1

I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update … I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update is voice security so only you/authorised person can use it. The google home looks ok, but why they hell do you have to say 'ok google'?! It just sounds ridiculous. Being able to say 'echo', 'alexa', 'computer' sounds far less daft/American.



You can enable 'Ask Google' skill by enabling developer options for any Echo device.

alexamods.com/gui…ll/

there's also this >

github.com/tar…ant

The main problem with any Alexa Echo device is the really hopeless way it deals with questions, in 99% of cases, at least it feels that way, it fails to come up with any meaningful example. For example, the other day I said Alexa Good Morning, this invokes it to give you a snippet of historical information, so it said on this day Boris Becker was the youngest Wimbledon Champion (Wimbledon was moved a week forward recently, so that's why it said last Sunday he was champion in 1985). I then asked Alexa who is the youngest ever Wimbledon champion, something it just appeared to know and it said I can't help you with that. In fact if you own an Echo device, this is the most common thing it says. It's great for home automation, for playing music, adding reminders, timers, appointments, it's dire and I mean dire as an all encompassing assistant. It's probably the best device for skills. It seems you need a combination of Alex and Google Home for it to be a perfect device, hence Apple will come in and do exactly that, take the market share as they always do, because it's Apple and people think they do it better, and to be honest they probably will do it better than Google Home and Alexa Echo devices as an all in one device.

The best hope is to enable Google Assistant on Echo devices as I linked to above.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 10th Jul
48 Comments

Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during the Amazon prime day/s.

I have this, Amazon echo and Amazon echo dot.

I don't rate the google home at all, the sound quality is really very poor in my opinion and I can't link it to my premium/paid for Amazon music account, it has to be Spotify or google music premium accounts only to select music you want to play!

The echo dot, linked via Bluetooth, to my existing radio is by far my favourite, but the echo (large one) is great too.

Crazy, why would anyone pay Google to give up your own privacy.

sicklysweet

Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during … Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during the Amazon prime day/s. I have this, Amazon echo and Amazon echo dot. I don't rate the google home at all, the sound quality is really very poor in my opinion and I can't link it to my premium/paid for Amazon music account, it has to be Spotify or google music premium accounts only to select music you want to play!The echo dot, linked via Bluetooth, to my existing radio is by far my favourite, but the echo (large one) is great too.



I can't believe someone would say Echo sounds better oO
One thing that I would choose Goolgle Home vs Echo is surely the support for Chromecast & Chromecast Audio.

ferrarian

Crazy, why would anyone pay Google to give up your own privacy.


For majority people you are either being monitored by the government, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, etc, unless you don't use smartphone etc. Why worrying so much?

[quote=terencetcf][quote=sicklysweet] Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during the Amazon prime day/s. \x0d\x0aI have this, Amazon echo and Amazon echo dot. \x0d\x0aI don't rate the google home at all, the sound quality is really very poor in my opinion and I can't link it to my premium/paid for Amazon music account, it has to be Spotify or google music premium accounts only to select music you want to play!\x0d\x0aThe echo dot, linked via Bluetooth, to my existing radio is by far my favourite, but the echo (large one) is great too.[/quote]\x0d\x0aI can't believe someone would say Echo sounds better oO\x0d\x0aOne thing that I would choose Goolgle Home vs Echo is surely the support for Chromecast & Chromecast Audio.[/quote]\x0d\x0a\x0d\x0a\x0d\x0aI hate the sound of the google home! Even the digital radio sounds weird and far too much bass it's reverberating on volume 3 oO

ferrarian

Crazy, why would anyone pay Google to give up your own privacy.



you think you have privacy now, cute..

Editor

sicklysweet37 m ago

Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during …Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during the Amazon prime day/s. I have this, Amazon echo and Amazon echo dot. I don't rate the google home at all, the sound quality is really very poor in my opinion and I can't link it to my premium/paid for Amazon music account, it has to be Spotify or google music premium accounts only to select music you want to play!The echo dot, linked via Bluetooth, to my existing radio is by far my favourite, but the echo (large one) is great too.


It's in direct competition with Amazon for one day only. Although the Americans are getting the sweeter end of the stick.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a bundle somewhere...hopefully.

Been waiting for this! For those of you who actually want a Google Home and have been waiting for a price reduction, what do you say? Pull the trigger now for £99 or wait for further reductions?

Shovon

Been waiting for this! For those of you who actually want a Google Home … Been waiting for this! For those of you who actually want a Google Home and have been waiting for a price reduction, what do you say? Pull the trigger now for £99 or wait for further reductions?



Wait longer and you can get google home v2 for the same price in 2018-19

terencetcf

Wait longer and you can get google home v2 for the same price in 2018-19



Can't wait that long!X)

Was talking about in the next few weeks!

Although, have a feeling Google might give up on these in a year or so.....:|

Edited by: "Shovon" 10th Jul

I have google home it's awesome

Seems in USA google has offered Google Home + ChromeCast for $99. We always loose on those kind of deals here.

FYI this is valid tomorrow as well, its one day only i.e the 11th, but deals started tonight at 6pm, the same as Amazon.

sicklysweet

Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during … Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during the Amazon prime day/s. I have this, Amazon echo and Amazon echo dot. I don't rate the google home at all, the sound quality is really very poor in my opinion and I can't link it to my premium/paid for Amazon music account, it has to be Spotify or google music premium accounts only to select music you want to play!The echo dot, linked via Bluetooth, to my existing radio is by far my favourite, but the echo (large one) is great too.



I have both too, I agree about the quality on echo being better but I found asking simple questions google is 10000x times better. I ask amazon echo stuff and it says hmmmmm i don't know .... or sorry im not sure about that... google meanwhile actually looks it up and reads you search results. Plus you can do follow up questions with google that you cannot do with echo. I was always puzzled why echo can't look stuff up .. it's supposed to use bing, so why does it often say I don't know.. why doesn't it bloody look it up then?

Edited by: "daskapital" 10th Jul

setdosa

Seems in USA google has offered Google Home + ChromeCast for $99. We … Seems in USA google has offered Google Home + ChromeCast for $99. We always loose on those kind of deals here.



This always comes up on USA stuff. That it's cheaper in dollarydoos... while it may be a little cheaper, USA prices often do not include local sales taxes or VAT/GST. So when you add them on top, you rarely save much these days. And if it is significantly cheaper, you could always use someone like borderlinx to purchase it in USA and ship to UK.
Edited by: "daskapital" 10th Jul

daskapital

I have both too, I agree about the quality on echo being better but I … I have both too, I agree about the quality on echo being better but I found asking simple questions google is 10000x times better. I ask amazon echo stuff and it says hmmmmm i don't know .... or sorry im not sure about that... google meanwhile actually looks it up and reads you search results. Plus you can do follow up questions with google that you cannot do with echo. I was always puzzled why echo can't look stuff up .. it's supposed to use bing, so why does it often say I don't know.. why doesn't it bloody look it up then?



Yep had the echo for a while and got fed up of it not understanding me, google home is miles better and as have 5 chomecasts (3 audio 2 tv) it made more sense

does this have a bluetooth function now added?

daskapital

I have both too, I agree about the quality on echo being better but I … I have both too, I agree about the quality on echo being better but I found asking simple questions google is 10000x times better. I ask amazon echo stuff and it says hmmmmm i don't know .... or sorry im not sure about that... google meanwhile actually looks it up and reads you search results. Plus you can do follow up questions with google that you cannot do with echo. I was always puzzled why echo can't look stuff up .. it's supposed to use bing, so why does it often say I don't know.. why doesn't it bloody look it up then?



I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update is voice security so only you/authorised person can use it.

The google home looks ok, but why they hell do you have to say 'ok google'?! It just sounds ridiculous. Being able to say 'echo', 'alexa', 'computer' sounds far less daft/American.

jaydeeuk1

I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update … I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update is voice security so only you/authorised person can use it. The google home looks ok, but why they hell do you have to say 'ok google'?! It just sounds ridiculous. Being able to say 'echo', 'alexa', 'computer' sounds far less daft/American.




Actually i found saying ok google to be far more accurate in terms of when you are actually speaking to it.
I'm sure most echo owners will know the pain of having a conversation / watching TV only to have echo go off on some random chat about how it didn't understand again.... when nobody was actually talking to it... conversely I have never found my google home to activate unintentionally... yet.

The sooner Google release a Dot competitor the better. I have 2 Homes already but it's a costly interest!

Hanging on until tomorrow in hope Argos or Maplin throw in the Chromecast so I can sell it on!

daskapital

Actually i found saying ok google to be far more accurate in terms of … Actually i found saying ok google to be far more accurate in terms of when you are actually speaking to it. I'm sure most echo owners will know the pain of having a conversation / watching TV only to have echo go off on some random chat about how it didn't understand again.... when nobody was actually talking to it... conversely I have never found my google home to activate unintentionally... yet.



If not mistaken you can actually say "Hey Google"

Oh my.. do I do it, do I wait.. it's all so confusing!

terencetcf

If not mistaken you can actually say "Hey Google"



yep

ferrarian

Crazy, why would anyone pay Google to give up your own privacy.



There are at least 22 agencies monitoring your browsing history, this was made legal in 2016. So if you're worried about privacy you need decent software security enclave, then there's the hardware backdoors such as Intel ME etc etc. There's no such thing as 100% privacy anymore. Which is why I like Apple's approach to security, they are a company which actually try very hard to make their products secure and no backdoors for the governments.

still mulling over wether to buy a dot, got an hour to decide..lol

Does this or the echo have annoying adverts on them?

jaydeeuk1

I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update … I imagine the echo will support that one day. I think the next big update is voice security so only you/authorised person can use it. The google home looks ok, but why they hell do you have to say 'ok google'?! It just sounds ridiculous. Being able to say 'echo', 'alexa', 'computer' sounds far less daft/American.



You can enable 'Ask Google' skill by enabling developer options for any Echo device.

alexamods.com/gui…ll/

there's also this >

github.com/tar…ant

The main problem with any Alexa Echo device is the really hopeless way it deals with questions, in 99% of cases, at least it feels that way, it fails to come up with any meaningful example. For example, the other day I said Alexa Good Morning, this invokes it to give you a snippet of historical information, so it said on this day Boris Becker was the youngest Wimbledon Champion (Wimbledon was moved a week forward recently, so that's why it said last Sunday he was champion in 1985). I then asked Alexa who is the youngest ever Wimbledon champion, something it just appeared to know and it said I can't help you with that. In fact if you own an Echo device, this is the most common thing it says. It's great for home automation, for playing music, adding reminders, timers, appointments, it's dire and I mean dire as an all encompassing assistant. It's probably the best device for skills. It seems you need a combination of Alex and Google Home for it to be a perfect device, hence Apple will come in and do exactly that, take the market share as they always do, because it's Apple and people think they do it better, and to be honest they probably will do it better than Google Home and Alexa Echo devices as an all in one device.

The best hope is to enable Google Assistant on Echo devices as I linked to above.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 10th Jul

5Rivers79

Does this or the echo have annoying adverts on them?



There are zero adverts on the Echo devices.

EN1GMA

still mulling over wether to buy a dot, got an hour to decide..lol



It's great for skills, basically a lot of the stuff I mentioned earlier, if you can get the Google search working it's almost perfect as I linked to above, although it won't play music from Google Play, but there are methods to get around that.

I don't need a DAB radio anymore as I say to Alexa, play Radio 5 Live or which ever station I want and it just play it and I can control the volume, I can say Alexa volume 5 or volume 10 etc. There's loads you can do with it, without enabling Ask Google which isn't part of the out of box experience, it's a bodged way of getting Google to work then it's useless for questions, once you have that working then it's a pretty mean device.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 10th Jul

fishmaster

You can enable 'Ask Google' skill by enabling developer options for any … You can enable 'Ask Google' skill by enabling developer options for any Echo device. http://alexamods.com/guide-install-ask-google-alexa-skill/there's also this >https://github.com/tartanguru/alexa-assistantThe main problem with any Alexa Echo device is the really hopeless way it deals with questions, in 99% of cases, at least it feels that way, it fails to come up with any meaningful example. For example, the other day I said Alexa Good Morning, this invokes it to give you a snippet of historical information, so it said on this day Boris Becker was the youngest Wimbledon Champion (Wimbledon was moved a week forward recently, so that's why it said last Sunday he was champion in 1985). I then asked Alexa who is the youngest ever Wimbledon champion, something it just appeared to know and it said I can't help you with that. In fact if you own an Echo device, this is the most common thing it says. It's great for home automation, for playing music, adding reminders, timers, appointments, it's dire and I mean dire as an all encompassing assistant. It's probably the best device for skills. It seems you need a combination of Alex and Google Home for it to be a perfect device, hence Apple will come in and do exactly that, take the market share as they always do, because it's Apple and people think they do it better, and to be honest they probably will do it better than Google Home and Alexa Echo devices as an all in one device.The best hope is to enable Google Assistant on Echo devices as I linked to above.


Didn't know about that one!

Time to take my dot with me to a pub quiz machine and clear it out

jaydeeuk1

Didn't know about that one!Time to take my dot with me to a pub quiz … Didn't know about that one!Time to take my dot with me to a pub quiz machine and clear it out



Make sure you have some one called Alexa with you on your team and some headphones

fishmaster

It's great for skills, basically a lot of the stuff I mentioned earlier, … It's great for skills, basically a lot of the stuff I mentioned earlier, if you can get the Google search working it's almost perfect as I linked to above, although it won't play music from Google Play, but there are methods to get around that.I don't need a DAB radio anymore as I say to Alexa, play Radio 5 Live or which ever station I want and it just play it and I can control the volume, I can say Alexa volume 5 or volume 10 etc. There's loads you can do with it, without enabling Ask Google which isn't part of the out of box experience, it's a bodged way of getting Google to work then it's useless for questions, once you have that working then it's a pretty mean device.


did not know about this. for £35 might take the plunge.

Any advantages to this over Alexa

Love my Google Home over my Echo. Even better now that it recognises my voice when it's me and the voice when it's someone else.

EN1GMA

did not know about this. for £35 might take the plunge.




Go read about the million hoops you have to jump through to install it... including opening an amazon AWS account....

alexamods.com/gui…ll/

and even then users reporting it doesn't work or that alexa complains there was no response from the skill oh yeah and you will have to pay for it after a year...



Edited by: "daskapital" 11th Jul

Still this price today, should be unexpired.

What numpty expired this? it's still live

Shovon13 h, 6 m ago

Been waiting for this! For those of you who actually want a Google Home …Been waiting for this! For those of you who actually want a Google Home and have been waiting for a price reduction, what do you say? Pull the trigger now for £99 or wait for further reductions?


I have two... paid full price... this is a bargain!

Original Poster

neilljj

What numpty expired this? it's still live


It was probably me. I set it to expire at the end of the day because I thought 'one day only' meant one day only. You live and learn (thanks -ck12111)

sicklysweet

Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during … Amazon don't sell this so I wouldn't bank on it being discounted during the Amazon prime day/s. I have this, Amazon echo and Amazon echo dot. I don't rate the google home at all, the sound quality is really very poor in my opinion and I can't link it to my premium/paid for Amazon music account, it has to be Spotify or google music premium accounts only to select music you want to play!The echo dot, linked via Bluetooth, to my existing radio is by far my favourite, but the echo (large one) is great too.



Erm... Please correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that I can't use the Echo to stream via Google Music, so is it really any surprise the Google device doesn't stream Amazon Music?!?
And the Echo Dot doesn't have a Bluetooth speaker, which renders it useless if you're trying to play music from another device - may as well just connect that device directly to independent Bluetooth speaker.

Edited by: "WalkerboyUK" 11th Jul
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