In this section we will examine how we can enable Google Assistant to control your smart home devices.

Ai News with Siri, Alexa and Google

AI-News with Siri, Alexa and Google – Episode 2: The Epic Rap Battle

A fresh glimpse into the news around Siri, Alexa and Google. This time a young fella invited himself and our assistants could not resist to show off their beatboxing and rapping. You will recognize...
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AI-News with Siri, Alexa and Google – Episode 1

Whoa, long time - no read! Well, this is because I was working on this post. Still, not a sunday read here, just a little clip to watch and enjoy! I hope you like this...
Drawing of Google Home Birthday Party

Hey Google, Happy Birthday! There’s a Party goin’ on right here …

Today, on 18th May 2016, only 2 years ago, Google Assistant and Google Home were announced at Google I/O 2016. Can you imagine, our smart little fellow is only 2 years old? Time to celebrate and...
Drawing of GoogleHome Morpheus giving you the choice.

The Google Privacy Matrix: Wanna wake up, Neo?

This should have become only one post: Google and our privacy and security. But I realized very soon too late, that such a post would be very, very dangerous. Dangerous for you and dangerous for me. Some...
Drawing of Google and our Security and Privacy

Google and Our Privacy and Security: Red Pill

WARNING: If you've accidentally arrived here, without the explicit decision to take the "red pill", please leave now! This post is a fictional story for insiders, who are curious about the potential impact of...
Drawing of Google and our Privacy and Security

Google and Our Security and Privacy – Blue Pill

Welcome! Happy, you took the blue pill! This is going to be so much easier, for both of us. In this post, we are looking into how Google treats our privacy and security. Before we...
Google Home in the bookshelf

Google Assistant and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands

In this post, we will configure Philips Hue for Google Assistant. Before we start, we have to say goodbye to multiple Philips Hue bridges and Philips Hue scenes. Finally Google Assistant (Version 1.2.8215) fixes the...
Who is best with Philips Hue? Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant

Assistant Showdown with Philips Hue: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google?

Let's compare the strengths and weaknesses of our assistants in combination with Philips Hue. Since Google finally also supports Philips Hue room and scene import, and some smart home features have been added to...
Easter Egg Hunt with Siri, Alexa and Google

Easter Assistant Showdown: Who has the Best Easter Egg Hunt? Siri, Alexa or Google?

It's this time of the year, which lets us think of Easter egg hunts. Not only the real Easter eggs but also the virtual ones, well hidden in our smart assistants: Siri, Alexa, and...
Siri, Google and Alexa Musical Showdown

Musical Assistant Showdown: Who will win, Siri, Google or Alexa?

We are at the crossroads. We use our smart assistants mostly for listening to music, but how musical are our assistants actually? How to decide, whether Alexa, Siri or Google fits better to our...
Google Assistant Starr

Hey Google, Play Some Music! All The Music Voice Commands

"Hey Google, play the album with a diving baby and a one dollar bill on its cover." "Alright, here's the album Nevermind on Google Play Music." Seriously? There's a bunch of commands and features in this post,...
iRobot Roomba and Google Home

How to teach your Logitech Harmony: Alexa, Hey Google turn on Roomba!

It must have been a strange moment for Mr. Colin M. Angle, CEO of iRobot, when he presumably announced summer 2017 his plans to sell the mapping data share maps for free with customer consent of his...
Assistant Showdown Nanolef Aurora

Assistant Showdown with Nanoleaf Aurora: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google?

Have you ever wondered, which of our assistants supports Nanoleaf Aurora better? Well, in this post we will examine the strengths and weaknesses of Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant by comparing their configuration options,...
Showdown Logitech Harmony

Assistant Showdown with Logitech Harmony: Who will win, Alexa or Google?

Let's find out, which of our assistants supports Logitech Harmony better. We will compare configuration, voice commands, and assistant specific smart home features. Now, that we have thoroughly examined Logitech Harmony: a Hub and it's Elite,...
Google Assistant and Logitech Harmony

Logitech Harmony and Google Assistant: Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we will connect Google Assistant with our Logitech Harmony Hub. In case you have not already set up your Harmony devices, activities and favorites, it is a good time to do...
Drawing of Google Assistant using IFTTT to talk to Philips Hue

Workaround: Philips Hue Scenes in Google Assistant through IFTTT

Finally our Google Home supports Philips Hue scenes natively! Still, if this feature does not work for you, here's a workaround. Before we start, let me warn you that with this workaround you will need...

Google Home and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

Make sure you have installed Aurora according to “Nanoleaf Aurora – Smart Lighting, Living Paint or Smart Art?”. In this post, we will setup Google Assistant to talk to your Aurora. Preparation To support Alexa and...
Google Assistant

An Interview with Google Assistant

As with our other assistants, I tried to interview Google Assistant. It threw me off when it started to ask back. So, here is just a summary: Google Assistant's age is two in dog years...