Poll: would you buy a device like Google Home?

Google has always wanted to develop services, which collect data and deliver information to its users in a timely and useful manner. Of course, once integrated into our lives, said services also pass along a set of ads, which is how Google gets paid for its hard work. The latest product, which the search giant wants us to have in our lives, was introduced at Google I/O earlier this year and is called Google Home.

Home is a competitor to Amazon's Echo and runs what appears to be an advanced version of the Google Assistant, which we already have in the Allo app. So, Google's Home is a small box, which listens for your commands, and is able to help you in different ways — give you your agenda for the day while you are looking through your wardrobe, warn you of changes in your traveling conditions, control smart home appliances, do Internet searches for you, et cetera.

While there's no confirmation that it would be launched at the October 4 event, it still should hit the market sooner or later. But we have to wonder — how does everybody feel about a Google bot in their home, constantly listening in "for commands"? Is having such a machine in the confines of your own home a bit too much, considering its usefulness?

Would you buy a device like Google Home?

Nope, I don't see the use for it
No, for privacy concerns
Sure, I'd give it a go!



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I would buy it, of course. With Google Now baked in, it's a killer.

2. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

Seriously it looks like a glade air freshener.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ha! It does! Though let's be honest here, is there really any need for this device when we all have voice-activated Google Now already on our smartphones?

16. surethom

Posts: 1667; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Voice activated Google Now does not work on the majority of devices when the screen lock is on unless charging but then most request say you have to unlock first.

17. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

When I first looked at it I thought it was some air freshener thing.

21. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012


3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Do the polls only work on PC?

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

No, they work on the iPad, too. If you have an Android tablet might not work. They work with my Moto device, not tablet.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It work with my Samsung Tab S /w Chrome without the need to request desktop page. PA does restrict interactive features on their mobile pages. Change the setting to desktop.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17317; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you switch user agent to Desktop, you should be able to vote. Though maybe not if you're using an ad blocker.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I just voted from my OnePlus One via Opera, no ads here. Not sure if it makes a difference, but try switching to iPhonearena's Desktop site via the link in the left-side menu of the mobile site, then see if you're able to vote.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Amazon Alexa is a joke. Biggest waste of $200 I have ever spent. The only thing she is actually good at is helping you make purchases...I feel like that's all her purpose really is, is to boost sales of other products on Amazon. I'll be glad to replace her with Google Home.

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I have used my friends Alexa and determined its a fancy bluetooth speaker. The device only works well if you speak to it a certain way. There is nothing intuitive about Alexa. There is no learning what so ever. I told my friend congrats you bought an over hyped bluetooth speaker.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, but you forgot the microphone and wi-fi....LOL. Yeah, your friend isn't very good with money I suspect.

7. surethom

Posts: 1667; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Yes I have been waiting for Echo to come to the UK for 2 years, but IF Google Home come's to the UK This year I will 100% buy it, otherwise Amazon Dot gets my money. OK Google is so bad as it does not work on Most locked screen devices unless it is on charge, even then most results require you to unlock.

10. MaesterLove unregistered

Hell no. Who would want Google's surveillance on their home spying on their family?

12. tedkord

Posts: 17317; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nah, I don't see any real need for it.

13. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

If it works as well as in the video yes I would buy one. If it works like voice on Android no.

18. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

One with Cortana might be good too.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'll stick to my Domoticz server and mostly Tasker & IFTTT & AutoApps. No need for Google Home.

22. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll keep my eye on it, but currently they haven't shown enough day to day usefulness for me to purchase it.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Neh, would never put anything personal in the hands of that spyware giant, much less give it 24/7 access to my home network, conversations in my home, and potentially other family info. That's like welcoming skynet into my home... Speaking of skynet, this google home is paving the way to the full materialization of the Sopa bill: https://youtu.be/NXhIktkK78s

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