Google Home Features Update 1: Phone calls, speaker groups & more

Google Home Features Update 1: Phone calls, speaker groups & more

What’s happening YouTube, I’m Josh
Teder here for 6 Months Later and today I’d like to talk about a few
updates that the Google Home has received since we did our six months
review of the device, as well as go over a couple of features I didn’t mention in
my original review for the Google Home that I’ve also found to be quite useful
and quite nifty and there features the Google Home can do that aren’t really
talked about a lot. So the new features include how the Google home controls
music speaker groups as well as of course making phone calls from the
Google home that was the main update the device has received over the past few
months and then some of the features I’d also like to talk about that I found are
pretty nifty are one, custom responses using the new shortcuts feature in the
Google Home and then of course translating phrases into different
languages with the Google Home. So first, let’s go ahead and dive right into the
music speaker group feature with the Google Home. Now how this feature worked
originally, was let’s say you were playing some music on a speaker group so
for instance in my bedroom I have my computer speakers hooked up with the
bedroom Google Home. Now what would happen is if you were playing music on
“bedroom speakers” which is the name of the speaker group, and then you ask the
Google Home you said like okay Google, play the latest Ed Sheeran song. What
would happen is it would only play that Ed Sheeran song on the Google Home
device itself and it would not play it among all of the other speakers in the
speaker group. So you would have to tell it to play the new Ed Sheeran song to
the specific speaker group. So if you’re listening to music and you’re constantly
wanting it to play different things this becomes very tedious because every time
you wanted to play something new you had to say the speaker group you wanted it
to play to. So now Google finally fixed this problem and I’m so happy they did
now the way it works is let’s say you’re playing a song on bedroom speakers and
you tell Google, Ok Google play castle on the hill by Ed Sheeran, I’m so sorry if
you already have Google home I just probably triggered your device it’s it’s
hard to talk about it without saying the trigger word I’ll try to be
better. So if you tell it to say you know play Castle On The Hill what it’ll do is
it’ll just play the song on the speaker group you were already listening to
music too, which is kind of how this feature probably should have worked to begin
with it makes so much sense and it’s very intuitive the way it works if you
only want to play it on the Google Home and you were just playing music on the
speaker group just tell Google to play the song on the Google Home and it will
only play it on that device. Now another really cool part of this feature is
let’s say you were listening to some music for my example I was listening to
some music of my bedroom on the speaker group bedroom speakers, I go out into the
kitchen make dinner and then I come back it’s been about an hour hour and a half
and then I want to listen to some more music, so I could say to Google I would
ask it to play some Michael Bublé or something like that.
And what it would do is the Google Home will now prompt you and say okay would
you like to still listen to this on bedroom speakers and then you can say
yes and it’ll continue playing music on the speaker group that you last played
music on. Now another great feature that I’ve used the Google home for is
creating custom responses for the Google homes so I actually made a video on how
to create custom responses for the Google home you may have seen that if
you’ve seen any of my other videos on my channel and what that technique is using
is IFTT as sort of the middleware to combine the Google Home
phrase with the response. Well thank you so much to the viewer Keith Kie who
commented on my six months later review of the Google Home. Keith pointed out that
Google actually had released a new update to the Google Assistant with a
new feature called shortcuts. What shortcuts allow you to do is just
like in the name, it allows you to do a shortcut. So instead of telling Google to
turn off all of your lights at night, you can just tell Google goodnight and have
it set so it will go ahead and turn off all of your lights. So it’s similar to
functionality that third-party apps like IFTT do. Right now an only
supports doing one action, so it will only turn off your lights it won’t like
turn off your lights and set your thermostat down to a separate
temperature but the really cool thing about this feature is you can also use
it for custom responses. I just did one earlier right before shooting, Hey Google
Westworld. “These violent delights have violent ends.” For the viewers who are
fans of Westworld, hopefully you’ll enjoy that and for everyone else you’ll
know no idea what the heck that Google Home was just
talking about. Now another feature I’ve been using a lot with the Google Home
lately that I did not mention in my previous review and didn’t even know it
really existed until I just tried it and asked Google is translating phrases into
different languages. So let’s say for example you’re going to Mexico in the
next couple of months and you want to start practicing common phrases just to
make sure you’re getting your pronunciation right or that you’re
actually just saying the right thing and having the same you know structure in
your sentence. So for instance, you can ask Google how do I say where is the
bathroom in Spanish. “Donde esta el baño” then they say I know so then you can take that phrase that it
replied, you can practice pronouncing it in your head a couple times and then you
can say okay Google Translate donde esta el Bano. “where is the bathroom?” If it
translates back what you want to say, then you know okay I probably have this
sort of right. Again, it’s not going to be a hundred percent accurate depending on
which country you’re going to which dialect of the language you’re dealing
with, but if the Google Home can understand what you’re trying to say and
it’s saying okay this is what that phrase means you’re probably 80% of the
way there. Now the languages that I’ve noticed this works with so far I tested
it in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and
Russian. So those are some languages I’ve noticed it does work with to name a few
there probably additional languages it works with as well. Alright now the last
feature I wanted to talk to you guys about is calling from the Google Home.
This is a major feature that Google pushed out a few months
and well I’d say it’s enjoyable to use it isn’t quite ready for primetime yet,
it’s just not as simple as it sounds. There are a couple of things Google
needs to do with this feature to clean it out before it’s really going to
become a killer feature which I think it will be but at this point in the game
it’s it’s just not. So, what does Google need to do to fix this feature? Well
first let me point out, you can only make calls from the Google Home, you can’t
make calls to it. So when someone calls your phone number, your Google home is
not going to ring now this this is something I suspect Google will fix,
especially for Android users when you have an Android integration with the
Google Assistant all in your house, this is something that probably should happen
and I would suspect that Google will be announcing this pretty soon. Now secondly
another problem with this calling feature is when you make a call from the
Google Home, the person receiving that call is going to see that the call is
coming in from an unknown name, unknown number or a private number and typically
when that happens people don’t pick up and let it go to voicemail.
So yeah, you can make calls from the Google home but if no one knows that
it’s you calling them you’re just gonna hit a lot of voicemails, so it doesn’t
make that feature that great to use. Now there is a workaround for this I just
don’t use this feature enough to I’ve investigated in the workaround for my
I’ve read it seemed a little cumbersome and you know it’s not as simple as just
going into Google Home app typing in your phone number and then Google just
magically makes the thing work which is apparently what they’re going to do
Google has says that they are going to fix this in the coming months hopefully
with an update out later this year. Now one interesting thing about this calling
feature is that it shows Google has obviously designed the Google Home and
specifically the color ring of the Google Home knowing that more colors and
patterns will be introduced over time to represent new features. For example, when
you use the calling feature of the Google Home the ring of the Google Home
lights up blue, which is something we’ve never seen before on a Google Home
device. This just really shows Google thought way ahead when it designed the
Google Home knowing that it is going to be bringing a
more features to Google Home customers over time. Well that’s all the major
updates I had on the Google Home today. Make sure to subscribe to the channel so
you’ll get notified the next time we have a video on Google or their products.
I can tell you we’ll be having more videos coming up very shortly because
Google is rumored to announce a new Google home product called the Google
home Mini which will be priced at a rumored $49 to compete with Amazon’s
echo dot and will be unveiled sometime next month most likely during Google’s
October 4th event. So until then I’m Josh Teder and thanks so much for watching
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29 thoughts to “Google Home Features Update 1: Phone calls, speaker groups & more”

  1. I know you already apologized for it, but you triggering my google home makes it pretty difficult to actually watch the video. Please avoid that in the future. I couldn't hear anything you were saying because you kept triggering it to play songs, etc.


  3. I just wanted to point out that the ring has lit up blue since the beginning. It showed up when you use the crystal ball command.

  4. That’s kinda what the mute microphone button is for, if you’re going to watch an instructional video and it be thorough, it must be tested to show the results and effect, not sure why this would not be obvious for some viewers.

  5. The google home is not very good for the UK market, 60% + of the features don't work with the UK market, it seems to not understand that when you ask for train times you don't want to be stuck on a US market, same with ebay, football scores will give you American Football scores, no texting, phonecalls ect are available either, youtube music also isn't available.

  6. Very Informative video… very helpful… had the Google Home device for a year or so now and just purchased the mini… tested all the features you described in the video but was unable to get it to turn on/off my CEC enabled Samsung TV… I purchased it November – 2014. Is that an issue?

  7. I watched this video until the 2:02 mark and then ed sheeran started to sing and it just kept going on my google home mini… ofc my mini doesn't quite catch my voice while its playing something because it s voice sensitivity isn't that great (which I didn't think was gonna be that great of an issue at the time).. keep in mind my mini's volume was maxed out beforehand.. thus began the most amazing 2 minutes of my life where I was yelling at google to stop playing music.. but of course we all know machines are gonna take over the world one day and this is where google wouldn't listen to my command.. some say it couldn't hear me but we'll agree to disagree. However, I spent that night listening to ed sheeran and eating pizza because I gave up.

  8. Maybe you can start up by helping viewers customize their own voice so yours do not activate it.
    "Set up Voice Match on Google Home
    With Voice Match, you can link multiple users to a single Google Home device and share it with family and friends. After setting up Voice Match, you'll hear personalized info, like commute times and your daily brief, as well as your favorite music. Up to 6 people can use Voice Match on a single Google Home."

  9. So the description in your "make google home say anything with iftt" it says to come here for a easier way of doing it yet you just give a 2 second example with out any details on how to do it lol!!

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