May 09, 2018|

Google Home: Voice Control Over Your Living Space

Voice-controlled automation, it would appear, is the new black.

The ability to voice control different aspects of your home with a smart speaker like Google Home is continuing to increase in popularity—evidence that smart home technology is here to stay. Take a look:

  • 39 million American adults own a smart speaker—that’s 1 in 6.
  • The number of Americans who own a smart speaker has increased 128 percent since January 2017.1
  • It’s predicted that 70 percent of households will have a smart speaker by the year 2020.2

How Americans are using smart speakers

There’s a lot you can do with a Google Home. Although smart speakers allow you to voice control your TV and how you select programming, 30 percent of smart speaker owners say their smart speaker is replacing time spent with the TV.

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Approximately 71 percent of Americans with a smart speaker report they are listening to more audio like podcasts, talk radio, and news programming.3

And that’s no accident—66 percent of smart speaker owners want the devices to help decrease time in front of the television and improve upon the quality of family and friend time. So they’re using smart speakers to ask questions, play games, tell jokes, get weather reports and sports scores, and play music.

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Google Home gives you hands-free control of your lights, locks, thermostat, and home security, making it easy to stay secure and comfortable in your smart home.

Smart speakers are even changing the way people use their phones. With the addition of a smart speaker to the home, 44 percent of users found they are using voice control with their phone more than they were before getting a smart home speaker.4

The power of Google Assistant to control your home

But the Google smart speaker lineup—Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max—does much more than perform tricks like playing your favorite song, setting a timer, or answering that bit of trivia that has everyone in the house stumped.

The Google Home links to other smart devices enabling voice control over multiple aspects of your home like lighting, temperature, and locks. It can even link to your kitchen appliances—imagine using voice commands for your dishwasher, stove, washer or dryer. Even your air conditioner can be voice controlled with a Google Home.

Today, Google is making headlines with its Google Assistant—the digital interface you communicate with when interacting with a Google Home. And the numbers are in: Google Home now supports more than 5,000 smart devices. That’s an increase of 3,500 compatible devices since January 2018.

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With support for more than 5,000 smart devices, Google Home puts you in control with the power of your voice.

That offers consumers myriad options for what they can do with the voice control of Google Home in and around their homes.

Voice control with Google Home

Interestingly, 64 percent of users say they bought smart home speakers as part of smart home integration efforts so they can control smart devices in their homes.5 And that’s good news for Google Home users given that the device seamlessly integrates with a Vivint Smart Home system.

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That means individuals can control their smart home via Google Home (and related Google Assistant-enabled devices) using voice commands.

Sure, you can use your Google Home to connect multiple devices throughout your home. But that means you’re connecting with each gadget separately on different platforms and managing multiple apps to keep Google Home linked to your other smart devices and functioning properly.

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Control your smart home with your Google Home. That's total smart home control without lifting a finger.

Voice control and the Vivint advantage

The Vivint advantage is how easily everything connects together, allowing you to control your home with all of its smart devices on one simple platform with the sound of your voice.

To control your Vivint Smart Home with Google Assistant, all you need to say is, "OK Google," or "Hey, Google," and then speak the command you would like to give your system. For example, "OK, Google. Turn on my lights in the living room."

The following is a list of Google Home voice commands you can use to control your Vivint Smart Home:

  • Turn on my lights
  • Dim my lights
  • Lock my front door
  • Arm my security system "stay" (coming soon!)
  • Arm my security system "away" (coming soon!)
  • Set my heat to 70 degrees
  • Set my AC to 72 degrees
  • Turn the heat up two degrees
  • Close my garage door

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Lock your front door with the power of your voice.

We know. It sounds too good to be true. But it really is that easy. And leave installation to us. Vivint’s highly trained Smart Home Pros will professionally install your smart home system, link your Google Home to your smart home devices, ensure everything functions together seamlessly, and teach you how it all works.

Do you have a Google Home? Are you ready to simplify your life even more with a voice-controlled smart home system? Contact us today at 855.822.1220 and learn more about how simple it is to integrate your Google Home with a Vivint System.


Sources

1,4,5 - 39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims. 2018. Techcrunch.

2,3 - "The Smart Audio Report". 2018. National Public Media.

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