Google answer to Amazon Echo smart speaker is under $100 right now

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Google has been responsible for answering our questions for nearly 20 years, so it’s unsurprising the company got into the smart home space.

It has some stiff competition, but the Google Home is a worthy smart home hub, and $30 cheaper than usual right now.

Whether you’ve filled your home with Chromecast-enabled gadgets, or are just starting your smart home, here’s why you should consider the Google Home:

Like the Amazon Echo, the Google Home is a small cylinder with a speaker and smart assistant built inside. If granted permission, the Google Assistant can search through your calendar to tell you about future events, tell you how long your commute will take, and give you other personalized information.

Because so many of us have our information on Google’s servers — Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, etc. — Google’s assistant can really feel like an assistant. On the other hand, if you don’t feel comfortable granting the Home access to that data, it’s not going to be very useful.

Once granted, though, the Google Home can do everything you’d expect from a smart device like this one: play music through different services, control smart home accessories, and answer questions. I’ve been testing out a member of the Google Home family recently, and it’s really good at that last part.

Even if I phrase a question different ways, f0r example “Will I need an umbrella today” or “Is it going to rain today,” I still end up with the same, correct information. If you’re wondering whether to get the Home over an Echo, I highly recommend you check out our article that compares the two.

My take is: The Echo is an excellent smart home gadget for everyone, but the Google Home can be an excellent smart home gadget for you, since it has your personalized data.

I don’t know how long this sale is going to last, but if you’ve been considering getting into the smart home world and already use many of Google’s services, the Home deserves strong consideration.

Google Home, $99 (originally $129.99), available at Walmart [You save $30]
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