Google Home smart speaker launches in Australia for $199

Nick Broughall 18 July 2017 NEWS

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OK Google, automate my home for me.

Back at Google IO, the international search giant confirmed that its smart speaker, Google Home, would be coming to Australian homes in the middle of the year, though the exact date was shrouded in mystery.

Today, Google has confirmed that Google Home will be available through its own store as well as through retailers like Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks plus Telstra and Optus from 20 July.

Alongside the launch of the Google smart speaker will be the Australian launch of Google Wifi, the company's mesh Wi-Fi network product, which can cover your entire home with super-fast, reliable Wi-Fi capable of handling the demands of 4K video streams in a simple, minimal design.

Google Home is the first official smart speaker to launch in Australia, with Apple's HomePod destined for a December launch and Amazon's Echo family of speakers still not dated for Australia.

Once installed, Google Home promises to work as a digital assistant to your day, controlling your smart home through integrations with smart platforms like IFTTT as well as simply letting you turn on music or TV with your voice. You also have full access to the power of Google for everything from solving mathematical problems to finding out difficult trivia answers.

When paired with Google's Chromecast products, you will be able to enjoy multi-room playback of music around the home. If you have a larger home, you can combine multiple Google Home speakers to offer easy control across your entire house.

The Home will also read news stories from supported Australian news services, and according to Google, will fully support 'Strayan English. Google has also promised that it has hidden a wide selection of Aussie Easter eggs in the digital assistant's brains.

The Google Home speaker will cost $199, while the Google Wifi router will cost $199 for a single unit or $499 for a three pack.

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