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Pricing and availability: Google Home comes to Australia

Everyone wants to be a part of the home automation game.

Google’s offer – which combines voice-assisted search through Google Assistant, and connectivity through Google Wifi – will be released in Australia on 20 July.

Google Home takes on Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod in an effort to make living more seamless. With Google Home, according to a statement, users can “get answers, turn up the music, manage everyday tasks or even turn on or adjust compatible smart lights”.

The Google Home has been tailored to recognise and respond to Australian accents and phrases, although we’ll be putting that to the test later this week.

Some of the Aussie Easter eggs available when the unit hears “Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google,” are:

  • What are your favourite surf spots?
  • How do I spell Goondiwindi?
  • Is the Pavlova Aussie or Kiwi?
  • What do Kookaburras sound like?
  • Are drop bears real?
  • Are we going to Bonnie Doon?

 

Google Home is available for $199 starting on 20 July from The Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Telstra, Optus and Qantas Store.

Google Wifi is also available on 20 July for $199 for a single-pack and $499 for a three-pack from The Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, and Officeworks.

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