Google Home with Free Google Chromecast & (£10) voucher £129 Free C&C @ Argos
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Google Home with Free Google Chromecast & (£10) voucher £129 Free C&C @ Argos

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Found 27th Apr 2017
Google Home with Free Google Chromecast + £10 voucher

£129

Free C&C

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Hot Hot Hot..... Great find mate...
can someone explain what music I'll be able to listen to on this? I have heaps of my own music on Google music, will this work? can I listen to BBC radio stations? thanks
jparnell

can someone explain what music I'll be able to listen to on this? I have … can someone explain what music I'll be able to listen to on this? I have heaps of my own music on Google music, will this work? can I listen to BBC radio stations? thanks


It streams from iPlayer/tune in for radio, music from Google play or Spotify but wants a subscription, ie not from library.

Mine is connected to my Chromecast, also to a tp link smartplug so it turns on my living room lamp/TV/satellite box on voice command.

I've barely scratched the surface with it tbh, only had it a week so not messed around with it too much
tempting!
Just for those on the fence - loads of sites that explain what GH does and how it compares with AE

google.co.uk/sea…cho

is this not already posted?
Do I or don't I......still no support for hive:(
Can't decide what to do....is this going to be another gadget i play with for a couple of days and then forget about...?
jparnell

Can't decide what to do....is this going to be another gadget i play with … Can't decide what to do....is this going to be another gadget i play with for a couple of days and then forget about...?


Did you get an alexa, was fun for a while but now all i use mine for is finding my phone. maybe i should get some lights.
jparnell

can someone explain what music I'll be able to listen to on this? I have … can someone explain what music I'll be able to listen to on this? I have heaps of my own music on Google music, will this work? can I listen to BBC radio stations? thanks


It's not very clear is it. I was under the impression that you could listen to your own uploaded music via google play even without a subscription. That works in the US apparently and seemed to work for me - but was unreliable.

Turns out it shouldn't have worked at all without premium. So be aware that after the initial free trial you're locked into paying a subscription if you want to listen to music - even your own.
just got hive recently to work with Alexa, and i would have considered ​nest if i thought about google home at the time.... though i read that you can control hive via IFTTT on Google home
£129 to turn your lights on no thanks.. Don't really understand these is it just an expensive light switch I have a lot of music but seems like it does not work locally seems a bit pointless.
kimbo87

is this not already posted?



​The other 1 is from John Lewis.
nathankw

It's not very clear is it. I was under the impression that you could … It's not very clear is it. I was under the impression that you could listen to your own uploaded music via google play even without a subscription. That works in the US apparently and seemed to work for me - but was unreliable.Turns out it shouldn't have worked at all without premium. So be aware that after the initial free trial you're locked into paying a subscription if you want to listen to music - even your own.



Yes it needs a premium music account, Spotify or Google Play, I think Alexa is the same, needs Spotify or Amazon music. It's a bit rubbish to have to cast music from my phones Google Play app music library to Google Home, it may as well be a bluetooth speaker for that. Kind of defeats the purpose.

I have a Sony Android TV, has anyone had success getting Home to work with one?
I have my Home set up with TP link smart plugs and nest thermostat. If it wasn't for the nest i probably would have gone with Alexa and bought it earlier - look at what smart devices you have already and check compatability.

Apple are also developing a similar assistant.

This deal is the best out there at the moment for the Home.

cant decide if its worth getting this or alexa i have amazon premium, but this seems to do so much more
Damn OP. So tempting this. I can't see a £10 voucher though?
1.01% cashback at topcashback too.

Sorry found it on the front page. £100 spend means a £10 voucher. Shame I hardly shop at Argos and only have 1 month to use it.

Edited by: "Swarfega" 27th Apr 2017
D00nhamer

Yes it needs a premium music account, Spotify or Google Play, I think … Yes it needs a premium music account, Spotify or Google Play, I think Alexa is the same, needs Spotify or Amazon music. It's a bit rubbish to have to cast music from my phones Google Play app music library to Google Home, it may as well be a bluetooth speaker for that. Kind of defeats the purpose.I have a Sony Android TV, has anyone had success getting Home to work with one?



Would be interested in what it can do with a Sony TV too. Bought mine in December. Android is so clanky on it.
D00nhamer

Yes it needs a premium music account, Spotify or Google Play, I think … Yes it needs a premium music account, Spotify or Google Play, I think Alexa is the same, needs Spotify or Amazon music. It's a bit rubbish to have to cast music from my phones Google Play app music library to Google Home, it may as well be a bluetooth speaker for that. Kind of defeats the purpose.I have a Sony Android TV, has anyone had success getting Home to work with one?


Not arguing merits of either device. But for calrity IF you have Amazon prime this includes 2 million song library that Alexa will play without a specific music subscription. I have found it excellent it's like the greatest hits of all decades or styles.
3dprince

Would be interested in what it can do with a Sony TV too. Bought mine in … Would be interested in what it can do with a Sony TV too. Bought mine in December. Android is so clanky on it.



Well I just ordered one and also have an Sony Android TV (slow and buggy). I'll pop to Argos on my lunch break to pick it up. What do you want me to test?
oh man i really shouldn't have but ive gone ahead and bought it
3dprince

Would be interested in what it can do with a Sony TV too. Bought mine in … Would be interested in what it can do with a Sony TV too. Bought mine in December. Android is so clanky on it.


Apparently with alexa you can now say 'set living room to red' instead of having to use scenes, but doesn't work on my echo or any of my dots. Is this just a US only update at the moment?
How are people finding these compared to Alexa?

I like how extensible Alexa is, it has a huge enthusiast community around it. But admittedly I just treat mine as an alarm clock 99% of the time!
Swarfega

Well I just ordered one and also have an Sony Android TV (slow and … Well I just ordered one and also have an Sony Android TV (slow and buggy). I'll pop to Argos on my lunch break to pick it up. What do you want me to test?



Nothing in particular. Just mostly that it does connect and can do things by voice control.
nathankw

It's not very clear is it. I was under the impression that you could … It's not very clear is it. I was under the impression that you could listen to your own uploaded music via google play even without a subscription. That works in the US apparently and seemed to work for me - but was unreliable.Turns out it shouldn't have worked at all without premium. So be aware that after the initial free trial you're locked into paying a subscription if you want to listen to music - even your own.


Quick clarification, if your google play music subscription lapses you can still listen to music you've uploaded yourself. The trick is that by that point most of your playlists will probably include stuff you didn't upload :P
From one of the links - "Google Home integrates with Onkyo audio gear"

Shame they didn't choose a known brand to integrate with like Pioneer for example.
jaydeeuk1

Apparently with alexa you can now say 'set living room to red' instead of … Apparently with alexa you can now say 'set living room to red' instead of having to use scenes, but doesn't work on my echo or any of my dots. Is this just a US only update at the moment?



You still need to have the scene created in the Hue app. So you would set a Red scene for those lights( Red living room). Then in the Alexa app if you search for new groups it will detect it. You just need to say Alex turn on red in living room. You can do this for any combination you want as Alexa will just respond to the name you have called the scene or group.
Supercharged

From one of the links - "Google Home integrates with Onkyo audio gear" … From one of the links - "Google Home integrates with Onkyo audio gear" Shame they didn't choose a known brand to integrate with like Pioneer for example.



Why on earth are Google collaborating with a yogurt brand?
3dprince

Nothing in particular. Just mostly that it does connect and can do things … Nothing in particular. Just mostly that it does connect and can do things by voice control.



It looks like it's limited to what you can do with a regular Chromecast. It's very very limited though in that in order to cast to it you have to give the Chromecast devices name. Sadly since that's not changeable on my Android TV that means I have to give it's model number which is its name. EG..

"Cast cat videos to KD55X8509C."

Rolls of the tongue...
Pause and resume works without giving the device name.

According to this page Netflix will work with Android TV "soon". Sure enough telling it to "Play Better Call Saul on KD55X8509C" tells me it doesn't work yet with Android TV and to use my remote instead.

Edited by: "Swarfega" 27th Apr 2017
chaywa

Why on earth are Google collaborating with a yogurt brand?



This is it - I can't see how a company that mainly concentrates on producing dairy products can also make good, reliable home cinema kit.
Bought it today and...
- regarding Google Play Music - you don't have to have premium; later in settings it's possible to set "Google Play Music - Free radio service available"... which looks like it plays randomly uploaded songs. It's possible to say to play next, but can't search for any particular song.
- for music from Youtube (without TV) you need Youtube Red (which is not available in UK at the moment)
- Controlling Youtube on my Nvidia Shield is pretty neat. "Ok Google, Play dogs videos" and it's there... didn't have to provide name of my device I want to play on
- So far didn't manage to play Netflix using voice command
- Does not work with my Google Apps mail nor Calendar
- didn't play with Philips Hue yet
- I want to love google home, but not today. Google assistant on Android Phone seems to be "fuller", i.e. it answers to my questions correctly, where Google Home says it's "still learning" and no problems with google music.
- but still... after one hour I prefer Google Home than Alexa - it's better now in my opinion and has bigger potential


Edited by: "z" 27th Apr 2017
hellojoe

You still need to have the scene created in the Hue app. So you would set … You still need to have the scene created in the Hue app. So you would set a Red scene for those lights( Red living room). Then in the Alexa app if you search for new groups it will detect it. You just need to say Alex turn on red in living room. You can do this for any combination you want as Alexa will just respond to the name you have called the scene or group.



I thought the april update was supposed to do away with the need for scenes now, and can now select up to 100 different colours?

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/140750-amazon-alexa-finally-lets-you-control-the-colour-of-lights-with-your-voice


"Technically, Amazon Echo devices did let you select pre-programmed "scenes" in order to change colour or to dim light. But now, thanks to an update that's gone live, Amazon has unveiled an Alexa-specific control so that all you have to say is "Alexa, set the bedroom light to purple" or "Alexa, make the living room warmer" in order to make your smart lamps switch to purple or go warmer, respectively."

Which sounds awesome, with 20+ bulbs my app is getting clogged with all these scenes.
Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 27th Apr 2017
From what I've read in these comments this device is practically useless without spending more money on extra subscriptions or installing specific smart lights/heating.

This is a great deal and I love these kinds of devices but I'll give it a miss.
Swarfega

It looks like it's limited to what you can do with a regular Chromecast. … It looks like it's limited to what you can do with a regular Chromecast. It's very very limited though in that in order to cast to it you have to give the Chromecast devices name. Sadly since that's not changeable on my Android TV that means I have to give it's model number which is its name. EG.."Cast cat videos to KD55X8509C."Rolls of the tongue...Pause and resume works without giving the device name. According to this page Netflix will work with Android TV "soon". Sure enough telling it to "Play Better Call Saul on KD55X8509C" tells me it doesn't work yet with Android TV and to use my remote instead.



​wrong, you can say play on Chromecast, i do
HTFCLUKE

Did you get an alexa, was fun for a while but now all i use mine for is … Did you get an alexa, was fun for a while but now all i use mine for is finding my phone. maybe i should get some lights.


If everyone on this site applied that logic no one would ever buy anything!
K1LLER_HORNET

From what I've read in these comments this device is practically useless … From what I've read in these comments this device is practically useless without spending more money on extra subscriptions or installing specific smart lights/heating. This is a great deal and I love these kinds of devices but I'll give it a miss.



Think i've come to the same conclusion. Still sounds like its in its infancy.
Another step in the progress of technology, and downfall of man.
Hey Google, what is a Mugwump?
Everything I've seen suggests that Echo is well ahead in the UK market, and the cheaper Dot seems like a better bet as an "investigation"
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