Mine arrived today to replace a nest mini in the garage which wasn't quite loud enough! Damaged and repaired original box, but product looks brand new, so well looked after, first purchase from cex, arrived well packed so will certainly look to use them again (y)
Might be worth checking the local Sainsbury's - sister picked one up for £25...
HEATED ! Always hot mr. Switchy, so tempted to boost my Google devices count in the house, but I have run out of rooms. I am beginning to replace with echo dots minimum gen 3, wherever I can find them : - )
This is quite interesting, I would really like to know what your motivations are. I currently have 3 google minis and a Hub and thermostat. However, I recently purchased an Echo Dot v3 and absolutely love it! I purchased an Echo Show 5 for £40 yesterday. What I love about Alexa is that the wake word is far easier on the lips for starters, Whispher mode, better microphone array on the DOTs ( 4 i believe ). Drop-In feature which is like a 2 way intercom without dialing ( becomes 2 way video chat if Echo Shows are involved ). It seems superior in most ways. Youtube integration isnt so great, but not sure that is a deal breaker for me as I dont really want to see youtube on a tiny screen. I am concerned about speaker groups though. On my Google, i use VLC or STICHER to CAST to my speaker group which is to the entire house, and not entirely sure how this will work with Alexa, so I may have to maintain both ecosystems.
The audio and the mic on this Google Home is better than the Nest Mini IMO.
Ordered a refurb but it was American and would not link to my WiFi. Tried everything, ended up sending it back.
Have to disagree with this, I have at least one of each of the google speakers including the lenovo smart clocks, and at this sorta price, this is the best value for money in my view. The nest mini isn't strong enough to fill a full room for music listening, they are ok for small rooms and podcasts and the nest audio which is a bit clearer and louder than this is more than twice the price. If you want a relatively loud good value google smart speaker you can't go wrong here. Assuming that you know your way round these but, for those that dont, this home is a 360 degree speaker, if its in the corner it can sound more muffled, so it sounds better when its away from a wall, there is also an equaliser in the home app settings to adjust bass and treble, not by alot but it is noticable (y)
Does it have an audio out?
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Side note, does anybody know how to turn on devices at certain times? I have a smart plug connected to a heater which I want to turn on at 6am automatically.
Spotify - you can link Google Home to your account and your Assistant devices can 'work' Spotify for you, handsfree. And Google's speakers and displays can be paired with a Bluetooth speaker if you fancy. "Routines" - are Google Assistant macros, executing a sequence of commands when given your custom trigger command...
I will see if I can get into the routine. It seems to be more popular than I thought.
When you wanna watch tv and you’ve got food going “hey Google play suits on Netflix” it’s like magic tv turns on, starts playing, on the correct profile. Can also pause, stop, skip.
Had t realised Google where dropping the free calls. They haven’t exactly made this well known.That’s a real shame. I didn’t use it much but it was handy for quickly finding my mobile.
Posted 24th Dec 2020Posted 24th Dec 2020
Google Home Smart Speaker - £49 Delivered @ BT£49£69.9930% offBT Shop Deals
Pretty nice clearance deal for the Google Home Smart Speaker. <3 Key features Get answers from Google Command your audio Plan to do more Control yo… Read more
The screen should be worth at least £10 extra for most folks! This might sound slightly better, but I'd have expected them to be cleared at £39 or less... The superior sound from the Nest Audio isn't much more than this on some recent offers. So, I don't think this is a 'hot' price any more - though it would have been a few months back.
yup. clearance item looks like
Better off getting the Nest Hub tbh
Expensive for a clearance
Google Home: Smart Speaker from the Tech Giant
Google Home is a collection of speakers which fit into the web giant's range of smart devices. We call them “smart” because they incorporate a variety of advanced technologies, including voice activation and Google Assistant, but they can also control other smart home appliances, such as thermostats, lights, or even fridges.
There are a number of Google Home devices to choose from, and everyone's needs are slightly different. So we've put together a buyers guide to explain the range and point you to the smartest possible purchase.
Smart Assistant at Home
Smart homes have been imagined for decades, but are now becoming an everyday reality. The dream of controlling all of your devices from one central location via voice activation was once the preserve of sci-fi. But thanks to Google Home and competitors like Amazon Echo (which we'll consider later), this technology is nowadays freely available.
The first Google Home devices came on the market in spring 2016, in the form of the standard Google Home speaker. With its stylish form and advanced interior, the first Home device instantly showed how promising smart tech could be, and since then it has proved a massive hit with homeowners across the world.
At first, the speakers could only operate alone, and in a single room. However, in 2017 that changed with a firmware update. After that, users could connect multiple Home speakers, and stream music to all of them. So you could walk through your home and hear a track from start to finish, over 5 or 6 speakers, with no alteration in sound quality.
Extra features have been added since, such as hands-free phone calls and the ability to recognise multiple individual voices, while the calendar and reminders function have been refined, and Bluetooth added. And the range has also been miniaturised, with smaller Home Mini speakers hitting the market, not unlike the Amazon Echo Dot. Finally, in late 2017, the range received a boost with an enlarged device, aimed at home cinema fans and genuine audiophiles.
How Does the Google Home Audio System Work?
Google Home is much more than a set of interconnected speakers. It works by linking traditional audio technology to Android apps, via wireless Bluetooth technology. In its basic state, this allows users to stream audio from online services like Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube, or Netflix.
Despite using Google's own apps, Google Home does not require users to own an Android phone. But you will need a device equipped with Android 5.0 or higher, or an Apple device running iOS 10 to get the app working. Computers and Macs aren't compatible with the system, which may be a stumbling block for some users.
When you've set it up, the system runs via the Home App, which links everything together. It can talk to home lighting systems, washing machines, temperature controls, security cameras, baby monitors, radios, TVs, cable boxes, games consoles, and kitchen appliances. And it also runs Google Assistant, which lets you make Google queries via voice activation, or make telephone calls on your mobile.
Every command is processed by dual microphones in the casings of the various speakers, which have a variety of ranges, so check the distances if you need to place one between your bed and your TV, for example. And the mics can be muted if necessary, effectively suspending Google Home functionality.
Google Home: Key Features
For people coming to smart tech for the first time, the range of features can be confusing, so it helps to summarise what Google Home can do:
Instant audio playback from Bluetooth enabled stereo systems or smartphone apps like Spotify, Google Play, YouTube, or Apple Music.
Voice-activated help from Google Assistant, providing access to Google search results and AI-powered answers, on almost any question you can imagine.
The ability to ask Google to initiate phone calls via your smartphone.
Voice-activated or manually controlled volume for playback and conversations.
Smart tech capabilities, enabling you to precisely calibrate the temperature in your home or the brightness of your lights with a simple command.
Personalised alerts and calendar tools which can synchronise with your Google account, providing updates for work and personal events.
Set up schedules and grouped commands to carry out daily tasks or pre-schedule playlists and actions.
Links up with Chromecast to enable streaming from online services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer to Smart TVs, with Google Home providing high-quality audio.
Access audiobooks from a huge range of authors and take phone calls without losing your place in the story.
Calendars and schedules can be made even more personal with Voice Match, which recognises individuals.
Broadcast voice messages between different Google Home devices, allowing easy communication between locations in the home.
Pass the time with general knowledge quizzes, wordplay or music identification challenges.
What Can You Use Google Home Speakers For?
As you can probably tell from the feature list above, Google Home is a seriously useful product for all sorts of people. For example, families can set up a number of speakers across the home. That way, they can stream their own styles of music wherever they are, and family members can communicate in an instant without shouting.
If you get your entertainment from online streaming services and don't want to pay for a box or satellite-based alternatives, Google Home and Chromecast are the ideal solution. You can just stream straight from apps onto TVs, and enjoy very high-quality sound in the process.
Anyone with a hectic schedule and stressful mornings can benefit from using Google Home to keep things simple. Relax with a morning music mix, program alerts to avoid missing crucial meetings or birthdays, and wake up knowing everything is taken care of.
Music fans are obviously a huge part of the target demographic. A big part of the appeal of Google Home is the ability to stream vast libraries of music, making the world's finest albums and tracks available with a simple voice command. A few years ago, we would have thought that was incredible. Now it's affordable, easy to use, and ready for action.
The Google Home Collection: Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, and Google Home Hub
As we noted earlier, buyers can choose between (or combine) a few different devices to create a Google Home configuration. Here are the major options:
Google Home – The first Google Home product, the standard speakers measure 96 x 142 mm and have a rounded top surface. This features a touchscreen interface, which lets you turn on the speakers and calibrate the volume. They come in pure white with a slate fabric panel, and rely on 802.11b/g/n/ac wi-fi to link together devices. Inside, dual microphones make sense of the user's voice and connect with Google Assistant.
Google Home Mini – Arriving soon after the standard version, Google Home Mini is, as the name suggests, a far smaller device. In this case, the device measures just 42 x 98mm and weigh in at a tiny 173g. With that reduction in size comes a moderate decrease in power, but the 40mm driver still delivers impressive audio performance. As with the Amazon Echo Dot, this version looks a little like a hockey puck, and it's much cheaper than other speakers in the range. So you can hook up a number of them and create networks around the home.
Google Home Max – Unsurprisingly, this variant is a super-sized smart audio device. Measuring 336.6 x 190 x 154.4 mm and weighing in at 5.3kg, it's a hefty piece of kit, and resembles a rectangular pebble, adding to the appearance of solidity. Inside, this version is much, much more potent than the other two smart speakers, boasting a couple of woofers and tweeters, as well as a whopping 6 directional microphones. This extends its range considerably, making it ideal for larger open-plan downstairs rooms.
Google Home Hub – Not really a pure audio playback device, this device adds a completely new dimension thanks to its 7-inch touchscreen. In terms of audio quality, don't expect the clarity and depth available in the largest Google Home speakers, but do expect very good performance for a mid-range smart device. The key difference here is that the screen allows you to mix visual and audio playback. So you can watch YouTube on the screen and use the speakers at the same time, or catch up on current events and your favourite tunes without skipping a beat.
Which Google Home products should you go for? Well, it all depends on what you need. If you are more concerned with creating a widescale audio and smart network across your home, smaller Home devices will be preferable because of their lower cost. If you want to create a formidable home streaming system for movies and music, maximising the size of the speakers makes sense. And if you want full control and video functionality, the hub is an excellent choice.
However, many people will end up mixing and matching, and there's no reason not to. You can add together different devices, creating the ideal system for your needs and accommodating whatever budget you have to work with.
Google Home vs Amazon Echo and Alexa
Google Home isn't the only option for people who want to “smarten” up their home. As you'll probably know, Amazon has its own set of smart audio and communications products, which have attracted a similarly large following.
In terms of price, there isn't a huge amount to choose between them. If you want to add the smallest item in either tech company's range, it will cost around £50 per device, increasing to £80-90 for the mid-range option. At the high end, Google's products tend to be slightly more expensive, but then they are a little more feature-rich, so that's no surprise.
Generally, most experts rate Google Assistant more highly than Amazon Alexa in terms of complexity. While Alexa is good for playing tracks, she can become confused by more complex queries, and Google have the edge here, for now. It links seamlessly to tools like Google Maps, and works with Pixel phones as well, so in this area you'd have to say Google are supreme.
What about smart technology? Both companies have partnered with smart tech manufacturers to provide impressive compatibility, so that's not an issue. If anything, slightly more manufacturers take Amazon as the standard, but the gap is closing. Eventually it won't be a factor at all.
Vast music libraries are available for both smart systems, but Google has one major advantage when it comes to entertainment: Chromecast. This means that you can stream content from your phone to a TV, but add in voice activation. So you can shut off playback or change the volume with a command.
However, there really isn't a huge amount to choose between the two systems. In reality, they are converging rather than diverging, with both companies offering very similar choices of speakers and tools to go along with them.
Google Home Accessories
Whether you already own a Google Home system and want to enhance its features, or you are looking to bundle together everything you need from the start, accessories can make a big difference. Here are a few suggestions to look for on the hotukdeals Google Home listings:
Smart Plugs – These handy tools look just like standard plugs, but are actually much more useful. They can be used with almost any normal appliance, but interact with smart technology, allowing you to turn those appliances on or off at will.
Wi-fi Cameras – If you want to create a budget security system or keep track of your baby, affordable smart cameras can be added to Google Home networks, giving you instant feedback to smartphone screens or hubs.
Wall Mounts – If you don't want to leave your speakers hanging around loose on worktops or shelves, these wall mounts can let you hang them on the wall instead – which isn't just more ergonomic, it can also deliver better sound quality.
Motion Sensors – Smart lighting systems like Philips Hue include plug-in motion sensors which can turn on lights when you enter certain parts of the house - great for midnight snacks or trips to the bathroom.
What Voice Commands Can be Used with Google Home?
Voice activation is a key part of the Google Home package, so why not learn a few keywords to kick-start your enjoyment of Google Home speakers? Here's a quick selection to get you started:
Broadcast – By starting speech with “Okay Google, broadcast” you can send messages to all speakers in the home.
Call – Call allows you to make free phone calls via Google Home to any landline or mobile phones, as long as the target is a contact on your account.
Let's Play – Google Home includes a range of games such as Ding Dong Coconuts, the Pilgrim and the Guardian, or Mad Libs. Just say “let's play” and the name of the game, and you'll be ready to play.
Virtual Nurse – By saying “Google talk to the Virtual Nurse” you can access a helpful selection of medical knowledge. It's not a substitute for professional medical help, but it can be a good start.
Timer – Say “set timer for “x” minutes” and you'll receive an alert when the time's up.
Create Appointment – As you'd expect, this command creates an alert for a certain event and time, so you won't miss crucial meetings or appointments.
Introducing Google Home
How and When to Buy Google Home Speakers
Google Home is part of a revolution in the way we organise our homes and lives. Much more than just an audio product, this series of speakers incorporates smart technology, putting us in control of our environment, entertainment, and social lives like never before. However, if you want to put together a collection of Google Home devices, it won't come cheap. But there are plenty of ways to soften the blow.
First up, decide what scale of setup you need. Not everyone will need the largest Google Home speakers, but you might if you love high-quality audio. And not everyone will need five smaller speakers dotted across their home, but those with larger spaces to fill and bigger families may well do so. So plan your needs. And if you can't buy it all now, go slow. You can add speakers as and when your budget allows.
When you know what you need, head to the HotUKDeals Google Home listings. Our pages feature the latest deals from UK tech merchants like Argos, Currys, John Lewis, AO.com, the BT Shop, and even specialist retailers like Toolstation. You'll be surprised by how many discounts are available, driving down the cost of whatever speakers you need.
And time your purchases to find the lowest prices. If you want to buy a number of devices, Black Friday is the ideal time to do so, but the Boxing Day and January New Year sales are also a great time to go bargain hunting. In any case, use our listings to make the perfect purchase. We've covered every seller around, so there's no better place to track down tech deals.
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Google Home offers a variety of audio speakers with a difference. Mixing high-quality audio capabilities with smart technology, these voice-activated products let you control lighting, heating, security systems and TVs without lifting a finger. If that sounds good to you, update your tech with a Google Home purchase using the deals and offers from hotukdeals.
Posted 16th Dec 2020Posted 16th Dec 2020LocalLocal
New one can frequently be had for just £10 more & sounds much better. Cold, I'm afraid
Keep in mind guys if you use streaming services like Tidal you will not be able to use it with it. Also, the TuneIn app on the moment starts telling me some radio stations from overseas not available in our region. But best on the phone this same stations working fine. I think google should update software because it's less advanced than google assistant on your phone. For me, it is only suitable for basic things. Alexa is more advanced.
Saw this when it was part of the Nectar double up and thought it was too much then
No, not worth it any more, get the new one that is far nicer for a little more
Posted 11th Dec 2020Posted 11th Dec 2020
Google Home Smart Speaker With Google Assistant + 2 Year Warranty Grade , B Condition - £29.95 Delivered @ CeX£29.95CeX Deals
Good price this I reckon Benefits with SmartThings Use SmartThings to control a wide range of connected lights, switches, and dimmers with your voice. Just say “Ok Google, turn … Read more
I spat my Pepsi Max in laughter* (popcorn) *Ok, I didn't. It was just a figure of speech. Please don't do that during a pandemic kids. (nerd)
brilliant mate :D
On the second days of Christmas Mr Switch gave to me 2 Google speakers with a 2 year warrantee
Picked my Google Home up unused BNIB at my local cash generator type store a year ago for £30, pretty good at the time. Despite messing with the equaliser I do find music and bit 'thick' on sound at low volume. Good for the money though.
CEX grade B... Probably arrive with no speaker. Had to return 3 grade B items this month because they've been incomplete.
Posted 23rd Nov 2020Posted 23rd Nov 2020
Google Home Max - £199 Argos Click & Collect - limited stock£199Argos Deals
Also posted at Google Store but doesn't seem to have listed? Relisted at Argos on this deal. Both stores same price at £199 Meet Google Home Max. He helps you to hear every note … Read more
Been out of stock for a couple of weeks now, Argos said they haven't had any indication from Google of when they'll send more stock haha. So annoying - tempted to get from CEX B grade as they include 2 years warranty. Wah.
Still available I think
Just checked in on stock situation around East Midlands and can't find stock anywhere.... Will keep checking and expire if can't find any. Seen neither Google / Argos had much stock, or, just really popular and sold out quick
I dont think so, you may have to use IFTTT which is exactly what i was using but found it unreliable. This way I know the exact temp and then take action if it mentions a cold enough temp. just saves me forgetting to check the morning temp the night before and a prompt which I can ignore if it is say 10º
Are you able to tweak that so it only tells you if it's going to be, say, 1°C or less?
This is a great price. Same price in Currys and Currys ebay store if anyone's interested.
found out another good use for these the other day. we have a cover for the car to prevent ice but I am never sure when to put it on the night before, so i set up a routine for google to ask what the temp will be in my area at 6am the following day and it runs this routine at 6pm every night and will blurt it out, so i know whether to go out and put the cover on
Posted 14th Nov 2020Posted 14th Nov 2020
GOOGLE Home - White - £39 @ Currys Ebay£39eBay Deals
GOOGLE Home - White - Currys INCLUDING FREE DELIVERY!! https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/google/google-home Good reviews one of the best speakers for the money, far better than t… Read more
I've got a couple in different rooms and the sound is great.
I tried it in several places and adjusted the equaliser, I thought it was faulty until I heard another and it was the same. Apparently there's some baffles used in the construction (possibly for the 360% sound) which are the issue, there were some reviews at the time that mentioned it
Do you have it placed in a corner? One of the main differences to the new nest is directional speakers. The original home was essentially a 360 degree speaker and if placed in a corner can sound very deep as it resonates. There is always the equaliser in setting to help with bass if you haven't played with that too (y)
Looking at the pricing history on eBay it's been £39 since the start of October at least (that's as far as you can see back) so the "was £89" is a bit misleading when it's been that price for at least 6 weeks. They'll probably put it up to £89 next week and then drop it back to £39 for Black Friday..!
The terrible sound was a surprise to me as well, genuinely unpleasant. I actually prefer the sound from the minis, not as much bass but none of the boomy mess these suffer with.
Posted 13th Nov 2020Posted 13th Nov 2020
Google Home Smart Speaker - White - £39 Delivered @ Currys PC World£39£5934% off Free P&P FreeCurrys PC World Deals
Key Features Our experts have some serious techsperience, and they think you'll love this Google Home. It all starts with “Hey Google”. Listen to your favourite music, podcasts, r… Read more
The poorest sounding smart speaker on the market in my opinion and nowhere near as good as the Amazon Echo for sound quality. They also seem to be taking features away rather than adding them.
I bought one about a year ago because it was able cast audio from YouTube (not YouTube Music). Listen to stand up comedies, relaxing music. Bedtime stories and lullabies for kids, etc. basically everything from YouTube. They took this feature away some time ago. John Lewis refused to refund as their guarantee does not cover 3rd party software so I am selling it now as the other features it can do are useless for me. (mad)
Sure, I know it can do those things, but I have no interest in them whatsoever. I don't listen to radio. The only reason I bought it was to play my own albums that I'd uploaded to Google Play Music. I also have older speakers with Chromecast Audio attached, for the same reason. Which is that I can wander round the house, the music plays in every room, and it doesn't matter if I go out of bluetooth range with my phone in my pocket, because the music isn't being streamed from my phone to the speaker, it's only using the phone to control what's being played but the music streams directly from GPM. Which no longer works, so for my purposes this is now e-waste.
They've been selling it on eBay for £39 since the beginning of October so not exactly what I would call a hot deal.
C'mon, it'll do more than that! You know you can use it as a simple Bluetooth speaker don't you? Or you can 'cast' stuff to it. And it does radio stations "Hey Google, play BBC Radio 6 Music"... then there's smart light/plug/etc control, timers, alarms and reminders, weather, lists (with Google Keep - "Hey Google, add muesli to my Sainsburys list"), Google calendar integration and a bunch of other stuff.
Posted 29th Oct 2020Posted 29th Oct 2020LocalLocal
Google Home £39 instore @ Tesco (Faversham)£39Tesco Deals
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/10/youtube-music-opens-up-google-cast-support-for-everyone/?amp=1 Good news
I don't think it was this price after the 22% discount on Google's 22nd birthday a week ago. Not knocking your deal, I wouldn't have thought to check Google but for you posting (y) Looks like someone else noticed https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/google-home-max-ps100-off-at-ps199-at-google-store-3555365 :D I have one, debating getting a second, just waiting to see if anyone brings it down to £149 as I missed out on the BT Shop deal.
I got to be honest I didn't notice this price on the Google store when I posted. I think it must have been a recent price drop (y)
How do these compare in terms of sound quality to a similarly priced Bluetooth speaker?
One of the best speakers I've ever owned and I like to think I have had some good audio gear. Pardon?
Posted 29th Sep 2020Posted 29th Sep 2020
Google Home Smart Speaker - White, £39 at Currys / eBay£39 Free P&P FreeeBay Deals
Nice offer. Specification Brand: GOOGLE Model: Home - White MPN: GA3A00483A04 Type: Smart Home Voice Assistant Connectivity: WiFi Compatibility: iOS & Android Works wi… Read more