Google Assistant is getting smarter every day. It can already help turn off the lights, lock the door, turn up the A/C, and answer almost any question users can ask. Even with all those capabilities, the Google Assistant is still relatively young.
With more and more integrations being added every day, accessing Google Assistant is easier than ever. These five smart devices give users the ability to harness its power in a variety of formats.
Google Nest Hub
Users looking to start a smart home should search no further than the Google Nest Hub. Pun intended. The device functions as a powerful control center for all other smart devices. It also performs all the same functions as a Google Home smart speaker, with the addition of a display.
Furthermore, Nest Hub features a touchscreen that can display the weather, cooking videos, or a rotating slideshow of family pictures. Plus, its simple interface and intuitive control panel make it a breeze to operate other devices within a smart home.
For a great all-around device that’s ready to harness all the power of Google Assistant in a beautiful, easy-to-use interface, Nest Hub is the ideal choice.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug
A smart plug can turn everyday devices into smart ones. TP-Link’s Kasa is one of the best choices on the market today. It allows users to control things like a lamp, fan, or even the coffee pot with spoken commands. Plus, the plug syncs with Google Assistant and can be controlled from a smartphone or connected to a speaker like Nest Hub or Home Mini.
As a bonus, Kasa has a sleek profile and won’t cover up adjacent outlets. By giving “dumb” devices a new life, the TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug is a no-brainer.
Google Home Mini
For users on a budget, the Google Home Mini is an excellent choice for both a smart speaker and an Assistant-powered device. Though it sells for $50 at full price, Home Mini is frequently on sale at major retailers and online for under $30.
Coming in a variety of colors, Home Mini offers great sound quality for small and medium rooms. It notably answers questions and can control other IoT devices like lights and smart locks. Overall, the Home Mini serves as a great addition to the Nest Hub and extends the range of Google Assistant to every room in the house.
August Smart Lock Pro
The struggle of trying to remember if the door is locked is over. Fortunately, with the August Smart Lock Pro, the answer is just a question away. “Hey Google, is my door locked?”
Google Assistant syncs with the lock and will let you know if your home is secure. The best part? If you discover you forgot to lock up, you can do it remotely with your voice.
While Chromecast isn’t exactly a novel gadget anymore, its seamless compatibility with Google Assistant makes it worth noting. Integrating the two devices gives users the ability to queue up shows and music with voice commands.
That’s not all, though. When users pair Chromecast with Assistant, they have the power to fast-forward, rewind, and pause TV shows by voice. Meanwhile, Chromecast offers full HD resolution and access to all major and minor streaming services.
While these five devices are just a few of the endless Google Assistant-enabled gadgets on the market today, they are a great investment in making life easier.
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