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Google Home is now available in the UK, with the smart speaker in Maplin, Argos, John Lewis
The Google Home UK launch is finally here, roughly four months after it debuted in the United States.
The nifty smart home device can answer your general knowledge queries, lets you search for directions, translate phrases, and more, with just your voice.
Google Home can also play music and podcasts via the in-built speaker.
The smart speaker can also control any other connected products in your home, including light bulbs and thermostats.
Saying "OK Google" will wake-up the device, with LEDs letting you know its on
Google Home can also interact other with devices, including TVs and speakers, by interacting with Google Chromecast.
Ahead of the UK launch, Google says it updated the Google Assistant that powers the Google Home with a number of Easter eggs specific to British owners.
The company has not revealed any of these British in-jokes, but encourages Home owners to try-out as many phrases and jokes as possible.
The Google Home speaker uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to understand context and answer follow-up questions to your initial voice commands.
Google Home starts to listen to your request whenever is hears the wake phrase “OK Google”.
Google lets you customise the colourful base of the Home speaker, so that it fits with your decor
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According to Google, the far-field microphones and sophisticated natural language processing ensure Google Home hears you reliably.
The top touch surface of the device also gives you total control, with the microphone mute button allowing you to put Google Home's microphones on stand-by.
The smart speaker was first announced alongside the Google Pixel smartphone last year, with the device launched in the United States a few weeks later.
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Google Home will cost £129 and is available from the Google Store online, as well as a number of brick-and-mortar shops, including Argos, Dixons, John Lewis and Maplin, and coming soon to EE.
Coloured bases will be available for £18 for fabric and £36 for metal – allowing you to completely customise the look and feel of your device.
Express.co.uk will have a full in-depth review of the Google Home in the coming weeks.