Google Home And Google WiFi: Australian Release Date And Pricing

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Google is making an overdue push into Aussie homes this week with the local launch of its Google Home and Google Wifi gadgets.

At launch, the Australian version of Google Home will support Stan, Netflix and YouTube on Chromecast-enabled televisions, meaning householders will be able to turn on their TVs and have them start playing movies and shows, all with their voice. With a simple "Ok Google", you can get answers, turn up the music, manage your everyday tasks or even turn on or adjust your compatible smart lights. Starting July 20, Aussies can enjoy Google Home, our voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Home will be capable of both speaking and understanding Australian English. Nine months after its debut in the United States, it is finally available to buy in Australia - complete with a dinky-di accent.

Much like how Android phones (or iPhones with the Google app) can be spoken to and asked questions, Google's Home is basically an appliance edition of the same concept, providing a way of asking questions and running commands without needing your phone nearby. Ask it for brekkie ideas or where the nearest servo is. The Google Assistant can translate, calculate, convert, and control other network-connected devices in your home.

Suveer Kothari, Google's Vice President of Hardware, said: 'A really useful assistant takes context into account, like using your location to give you accurate weather readings. "OK Google, how do I make a pumpkin pie?"

The Google Home speaker can be used to play music and also uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand context and answer follow-up questions. This means you get to call up tracks, albums, remixes and more - all completely ad-free.

Your Assistant on Google Home will continue to get better, as Google commits to add more features over time. Whether you select Amazon Echo or Google Home, you have to decide if you trust the company behind the assistant that is monitoring your home.

Google is also launching its home WiFi system, Google WiFi, which is meant to make it easier to get WiFi signals into all corners of the house, for $199 for one base station, or for $499 for three stations which can be meshed together to form a single, extended hotspot.

Google Wifi is a wireless router that provides reliable internet throughout your house via a mesh network of individual Wi-Fi points.

Both Google Home and Google Wifi will be available from this Thursday July 20 from the online Google Store, Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys. And given the price of the Google Home speaker, that's not inconceivable, arriving in Australia from July 20 for a recommended retail price of $199, complete with a six month subscription of YouTube Red.

Different from network systems that are like mesh but use a third band to send the information back to the main router, mesh networks treat each point like a bit of a tent pole for a tent, raising the roof up just a little more and all contributing to the overall network strength.

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