"Sure, your alarm is set for 8 a.m. and the appointment has been fixed for 10 a.m.," came the instant reply from Google Assistant -- the new lady in my home who, according to senior company executives, has received over 4.5 lakh marriage proposals from India.
Google Home and Home Mini speakers -- priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 4,499, respectively -- can help people with their commute, play their favourite songs and videos, plan their daily schedule and lots more.
Let's see how Google Home fares in the Indian context.
The speaker is capable of understanding the thick Indian accent thanks to two microphones on either side of the LED lights that light up when the device recognises the opening "OK Google" voice command.
The two microphones utilise the neural beam forming technique to enable accurate voice recognition.
The curves of the device resemble a wine glass. The lower part holds the speakers and the upper part is the main body with the touch-sensitive top.
When the volume is increased or decreased, the device responds with the shimmering ivory-coloured light ring.
"Play 'Firestone' by KYGO," went another voice command and lo! the device checked the Google Play music subscription -- the company is giving six-month free Google Play music subscription when you buy the device -- and instantly played the song.
The device also works with music streaming platforms like Saavn and Gaana. The music output was good for a medium-sized room.
"OK, Google, play Arijit Singh songs." She returned with the hit number "Enna sona kyun rab ne banaya".
However, to a question on happenings in Syria, she played a 30-second news bulletin from BBC News.
What didn't work?
While playing music, Google Home at times did not receive the command in one go. We had to raise our voice twice or sometimes thrice to get the command through the noisy environment.
Conclusion: At this price point, Google Home is a good choice as it saves time while performing some key daily tasks for you. It is not the replacement of your better half yet, but does help you with daily chores. Take it home.
(Sourabh Kulesh can be contacted at email@example.com)
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