Google Home New Updates and New Features for January 6, 2019


hello Automators. It’s 2019 and the
news is not stopping as it relates to the Google Home devices and all of the
Google Assistant related devices as well so let’s get going with the latest news
the latest features and the latest updates for your Google Home and Google Assistant the first thing I want to talk to you
about this week is going to take some doing to get to the basically what the
story is and what it means to you as someone who owns a device like a Google Home Hub and this is the device we’re talking about right here and what I
think it does is it separates itself from the other smart displays unless
Google has an update path for those as well to give to those vendors now here’s
what I mean so Google’s Fuchsia OS has been
confirmed to be able to run Android applications and why is that so
important and what is fuchsia OS and this is what I mean I got to take some
time to get there if fuchsia o s is expected to be able to
be put on to a Google Home Hub right now so there’s some detective work
essentially through a code and through kind of looking through different
components of what Google has released so far
Google’s fuchsia OS is expected to be able to run on this device eventually
it’s expected that this is a test device for fuchsia OS pushes later now again
what does that mean that means this device eventually could get Android
applications running on it and one of the things that I think a lot of people
are upset about when they look at these devices is I can’t get a web browser on
there well that would mean you could and on top of that you can’t get access to
all the different Android applications well guess what you could then so you
know what I’m saying guys is keep your heads up or basically keep listening
here for further developments about fuchsia OS it’s expected to replace
Android or at least be layered on top of Android and allow you access to a whole
much larger set of functions and if it ends up on devices like the Google Home
hub it’s going to be very very powerful for us something a little bit simpler
way back in 2015 projects solely it was called so these were little little
sensors that basically you didn’t have to touch you could basically wave past
them they sensed what you were doing so there
a high-frequency sensor that can be deployed basically anywhere and this is
kind of what I was starting to talk about in my predictions and this was
before this happened the FCC has approved their deployment in public on
airplanes all kinds of locations so Google will now be able to deploy these
sensors and allow you to use them now what are they going to do with that well
I think this is part of the platform discussion that I had in my predictions
video which I’ll put up in the top right corner right now so I want to tell you a
little bit about some results of a survey now every well actually two times
a year loop ventures asks all the digital assistants or the voice
assistants 800 questions and when they do that they give a percentage of how
much it understood and then how much it responded correctly to now Google
Assistant has essentially run away with this one they’ve gotten up to eighty
eight percent or eighty seven point nine percent in terms of correct responses
and this is across many indices as in you know local information commerce
different different indices like that I’ll get into those in a minute but
eighty percent the next closest is Siri believe it or not at seventy four and a
half percent and Alexa is a couple percentage points behind that now they
tested Cortana I don’t know why probably for fun but they did now those other
voice assistants are basically understanding you around ninety nine
percent of the time series at ninety nine and a half or ninety nine point
four percent and the Amazon voice assistant is at ninety nine now Google
Assistant literally got a hundred percent for understanding what was being
said you know what’s amazing about this is early in 2017 the Google Assistant
was essentially at around that seventy-four percent that Siri is now at
so if Siri has that capability of getting that far well where’s Google
going to be in a year too you know those are all the kinds of
questions there that I have when I read results like
this moving so far ahead just over essentially a year so just to give you
an idea of where Google is really really strong here you know when we look at the
commerce indicee for the different questions here that were asked or the
different types of questions google’s capability was at 86% and the next
closest were siri and that was at 56% so that’s 30%
differential in terms of accuracy so clearly something these other voice
assistants need to work on or have worked on the other indices where I saw
a lot of gap or a lot of differentiation here in terms of information and this is
obviously going to be Google’s strength what strangest series was not in that
and the Amazon voices system was actually the next closest so now the
other thing is that to note here really in terms of local information the Google
system was that 95 percent navigation in commerce or sorry information rather
those were at 94 percent so they’re almost getting a hundred percent in
those three categories where they fall off a little and this was interesting to
me his command did I have seen this a little bit actually my HomePod I would
say has been more capable of following commands there at 85 percent whereas the Google Assistant is down at 73 percent still in second but if Google fixes that
portion of their voice assistant they’ll be upwards of 90 to 95 percent accuracy
with this test come six months which is how often loop Ventures does that in
case you haven’t noticed this or haven’t heard this before there is a new
functionality coming for both lists and notes and it’s on some devices it’s not
on other devices it’s being deployed differently all over the place and let
me give you an example here so my Google Home meaning is is raid here and it’s
basically updated as far as it can be take a note sorry I can’t take notes yet
so you can see that that device couldn’t do it here take a note
sure what’s the note this is great saving no thank you so it’s expected that you’re going to
get additional list feature and this has been something that Google has been
missing for a while now and I expect it to integrate with a number of different
list taking services and be just as powerful as what Amazon has right now
now a couple things about that little note capability there these devices are
on the same one for one two one five firmware version of the application
they’re the basically the cast firmware so that means that both of these devices
should be able to do it if there’s not some other indices here that is saying
whether or not a device can use it so there is something else that Google can
obviously hold back because one of my devices has it and one of my devices
does not my smart displays also can’t do it yet we’ve been hearing little kind of
pieces about you know the pixel XL the pixel 3 XL and the pixel 3 lots of
people were upset about the knotch there in that device now the thing that we’re
seeing is a new light version that’s expected to come out with less RAM less
of a processor less overall of a phone but a light version and what’s
interesting is the notch seems to be gone so we’re seeing now 3d renders that
are out there and I’ll leave that in a in the description below you can go
ahead and check out those renders if you want to see what this phone looks like
hopefully you’re not one of these people the chromecast’s right now are actually
being hacked by a couple of users and when you turn on your chromecast you
might see this screen and so what’s happening here just so you know it’s not
a chromecast specific thing this is called universal plug and play and
that’s what’s being exploited here so a number of devices are going to have this
issue and it is related to how they connect and so as a result it’s on
chromecast today but it could be on a lot of other devices tomorrow if this
exploit continues to be used so not a lot of good you know that’s not a lot of
good news there I’m sorry to give you that and there’s not really a fix at
this point so I don’t know when we’ll see effects I don’t know any of those
details unfortunately and you could see that showing up on your device now the
website that it refers to is actually down right now so clearly there’s some
trouble there now moving on it is we’re about ready to go into CES and by the
time I published this video it will be CES 2019 so that gives us the Consumer
Electronics Show that’s going to give us a ton of new devices to talk about here
on on this show on the channel here and LG always goes out ahead and they
announce some of their devices earlier so they’ve announced some sound bars
here and the SL 10 yg and the eight and the nine as well in the same series they
will have the Google Assistant on board so you’re going to be able to control
those sound bars there’s some special commands there essentially to control
the volume on though so that’s great news the other thing that we’ve seen is
the C by GE set of bulbs and I have a couple here now in my home that I want
to test but there’s a whole new color set up or a whole new color set of
products there’s also a light strip as well so following suit with other makers
but they also have Google Assistant and Google Home capabilities a number of countries were expected over the holidays to
actually have gotten an update on their Google Home in their Google Assistant
related devices to go ahead and make charitable donations now that’s going to
use your payments capability I’ll put the different countries up on the screen
but it’s all the kind of standard players or the standard countries that
get the first updates here from Google all right guys that’s our latest news
updates all the latest features for the Google Home I’m really excited actually for the new note-taking and list keeping features
you know we’re still looking for Google keep to show up there and hopefully
that’ll show up here really soon I can show you how to go through that now
later this week what you’re going to see is a fix for Google Home music alarms or
media alarms and that’s been a lot of people’s problems here
Google hasn’t fixed it as of yet so I wanted to give you a workaround or a way
to manage your music alarm so you’ll see that in a couple of days here and I hope
you’ll stay watching on the channel so go ahead hit that subscribe button and
we’ll see you next time

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84 thoughts on “Google Home New Updates and New Features for January 6, 2019

  1. Interesting potential for the Google Home Hub with Fuschia, I wonder if the choice to go with a Cast protocol rather than Android Things was a way to differentiate the underlying architecture for layering Fuschia on the home hubs & not other GA smart displays

  2. So when do we get to put our ugly mugs on those smart displays? And I hope you get some news on specific room broadcast while at this event

  3. Great video! Sounds like Google is trying to keep up with the Amazon Show suite of products with the Fuschia. I hope they upgrade my Lenovo 8” Smart Display or I will be upset. Notes is pretty cool! I love the analytic metrics and was shocked how far Amazon is behind and what they can do to catch-up. Wow, I haven’t seen the exploit on my Chromecast, is there anything that consumers can do to block it? I love LG sound bars and glad they are getting the Google Assistant added! Keep up the good work!

  4. I bought 4 google home minis for my siblings to try out. My brother especially is fond of using it, even putting one in his clinic. However, I noticed that it doesn't support continuous conversations (even though I have it turned on) and making phone calls yet in Malaysia but overall it's great and they were shocked at how it can and will respond to questions. Keep up the good work and I will be watching your videos for further updates. Hopefully it will support WhatsApp video calling soon (I'm here in Dallas,TX). I use that app all the time to call overseas. Happy 2019!

  5. Good news on the LG announcement as I am looking to purchase soundbar. I will wait for your CES report and check out all the latest tech.

  6. Hi Brian my Google Mini here in Western Australia will take a note no problems but for some unknown reasons of late it will switch from Australian accent to American from question to question and also give American temps in F then If i ask Temp again it will switch back to Australian C any thoughts ?

  7. It doesn't take very long to evaluate the home automation ecosystems and settle on a horse to invest in.  Once an investment has been made it is far less interesting to hear about the other horses.

    I think many channels are soon going to find that to keep deep audience engagement they'll have to stop trying to ride two, three, six horses at once.  Those that fail to specialize may find themselves with high turnover, perpetually catering to rank newbies and nobody else.

  8. Great vid! Thanks for keeping us updated and strong research. I use google keep for everything wish my mini could turn words into note or read notes back to me

  9. Do the Smart displays have the option to change language? I think You can use Spanish on the Google home , but What about the hub?

  10. Who is the vendor running the test that shows Google answering better than Alexa ? Can I access it online ? Also you mentioned at the beginning Of the video Fuscia OS is that for Google Home Hub only or the Lenovo Smart Display as well ?

  11. Good review, but hands, on the device is not that good. Until then, the Google home devices are just an over price nightstand clock. The idea that the Google homes don't run independently without a phone is basically it doesn't have a brain of it's own. Also the app which you must use in order to use the device, the app constantly act up. You would think Google being the giant of the internet would give them edge over Amazon and it's devices, but that's not the case. No web, no real YouTube, no skills to download like Amazon devices. Who came out with those stats comparison? Good guy, but I don't believe it. Lastly, still no option for the wake word. Hey Google or okay Google can get repetitive fast and just not professional to keep saying okay Google, okay Google.. 99% of the time it won't follow up so you have to say okay Google over and over.. because of this it is not conversational like the Amazon devices.

  12. Off topic: does anyone know how to move music from one Google home to another, Or extend it to other rooms? Commands like "play music from downstairs on whole house" just doesn't seem to work. Thanks for the help

  13. Great information I'm really diving into all these a.i. and other smart products for my house I appreciate your information

  14. Thanks for the news update, Brian (May). Why, can't I have a bit of fun with your name? I excited for what Google will come up with in the future. They really are dominating the market. I can't wait to see Google Assistant helping us with just about everything we cdthink of. It's such a cool but scary transition. But I think it's all worth it. I hope the chromecast being hacked doesn't open up a passageway for hackers to view my personal information and/or hacking into our Google Home devices. But if hackers enabled Apple Music support, I'd be forever grateful LOL.

  15. Brian, i went to google.com for help on how to upload pics from my pc to H.H…but their help was limited…even when they actually phone you and spend hours just to answer one problem. Could u tell me how i could succeed on this one problem?

  16. Okay so my Google Mini will take a note. Unfortunately now i can't seem to get it to DELETE NOTE or FORGET NOTE? Any suggestions? 🙂

  17. Happy update New Year Yoof. All the very best to you, your family and friends and what the f…. even to the great nation of Canadian Canada.

  18. very informative video Brian. the staggered feature updates is getting on my nerves I'm still waiting on promised features from 2017. my question. do Amazon users have this or are they rolling out their updates globally?

  19. let me groan on and on….wtf. get the point of your YouTube video. Jesus, how long do i have wait wait to make a point. get to it dude.

  20. This is all conjecture. Fushcia is a replacement for Android on phones, tablets, and chromebooks.
    Yes Fushcia will support android apps on those devices, but… there is no documentation anywhere that says the home hub will run fushcia apps.
    Just because it runs fusia does not mean it runs apps. The lenovo display runs on a type of android, and it does not run android apps.

  21. So how much internal storage does the Home Hub have to install fuchsia apps and user data??

    oh… none…?!?

    well then i guess that wont be happening then…

  22. Can’t wait for google mini and home to actual work like my note 9 with assistant. This couldn’t verify your voice thing is making me nuts on home and mini when I try to set reminders.

  23. How do I get updates? Does the google mini update itself? Mines seem to be outdated as far as my app compared to others app ive seen on videos.

  24. I’m currently in a disastrous situation. So sometime ago, there was a leak of Norwegian Bokmal and Russian languages being available for Google Home. Now, I’ve set my max and my client’s standard Google Homes to Russian. Nowadays, Norwegian Bokmal is still in the list of languages. However, Russian is no longer anywhere to be found. Luckily for me, my Max hasn’t been reset, and even though Russian is not in the list of languages, the speaker still understands and performs commands in both English and Russian. Unfortunately for my client, their Google Home is entirely useless because Russian is not there. Hopefully, the language Will officially be released soon.

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  26. Least my Google home mini takes notes
    … Just tested.

    I have version meant to German markets, which i switched on English language

  27. I actually like to have a password protection (maybe it's there, I don't know) but I gave my friends my Wi-Fi password and now if there in the neighborhood they put on some very ugly music very loud. Or play with the lights and stuff. I wish I could password protect all of googles smart stuff

  28. The fix for the Chromecast-hack is to disable UPnP on your local router. The vulnerability in UPnP will probably never be fixed on the routers that are already out there 😑
    You'll need to buy a high-end router, if you want to have UPnP without the vulnerability.

  29. Weird, with my google mini I was able to store a note.. Lol but when I asked "Do I have any notes" it replies "I don't know how to help with that"

  30. I'm here just to thank you for muting the "hey Google" command
    In videos were people don't do that, my house flashes like a UFO hahahahah

  31. I’d love to find out when Fuschia is coming to Chromecast and Home, if for no other reason but so it can be more secure.

  32. Cortana is built into Windows 10 devices and Xbox one. So it's got some potential. That's why they tested it also, it's an assistant too. Be careful not to let bias creep into your videos.

  33. I just wanted to know what was the new I didn't know want to know about all the stupid statistics. you guys talk too much
    I wish they would just get to the point

  34. I love my home! But Ive been so lazy since having it, but I guess why have to get up to do something if your voice can. Hopefully soon we'll be able to intergrate microwaves, ovens , washers and dryers into Google.

  35. Hi
    Any news on individual broadcast ie from one specific speaker to another say kitchen to bathroom? Instead of all speakers sending out the message.many thanks

  36. @Automate Your Life
    I'm having a huge issue with music on my Google hubs. I've been bugging Google about it for months and they are starting to just ignore the issue. I was wondering if you could try and see if it's something that happens to you too.
    I have 2 hubs and 2 Chromecast audios in a speaker group and when I play music to that group, the music will cut out on my speakers, commands are ignored on any device and it's impossible to stop the music unless you use the notification on a Android device that is connected to your WiFi. Please let me know if this happens to you too!
    I'm having problems with this and the huge Nexus player problem and it's getting frustrating that I'm being ignored as a customer..
    Thank you for your time

  37. So it's basically just a search engine. Just like I told you before that it don't take command well. Meaning, voice commands. Like turn on lights or TV. That stuff always have problems with Google. It's easier to just get up and do it yourself.

  38. The one thing that drives me nuts about the Google's is that you can't change the alarm tones!! It's just the alarm tones that they offer it makes the Google home hub and the rest of the Google homes worthless as far as an alarm clock. I have to keep separate alarm clock on my nightstand in order to get up in the morning. SUCKS!!!!

  39. Thank you for the video, you seem to know your stuff quite a bit, maybe you can answer this question. will my home mini update itself or do I have to update it manually and if its manual how then would I do it?

  40. I spent a while yesterday on live chat on the Google Home/Assistant trying to find out why I can't play my Google Play music from my Google Home unit. After spending time with "Vonn", he finally said that Google Home wasn't designed to play music from my Google Play library! I told him that I've seen video's on YouTube showing that you can, so, who is telling the truth?

  41. When will Google offer drop in like Amazon.. is it hardware or software situation.. my friend has Alexa and iam wowed about that feature. Iam invested in Google and nothing I see but a lame broadcast feature.. unless I missed something thanks love your vids

  42. Is it possible on the Google Home Hub to have personal family pics cycling through instead of the standard Google ones on display?

  43. Dude! you just explained the 'take a note' feature and that's it, one feature/update, nothing about anything else new on the devices… stop giving deceptive titles to the videos!!!

  44. Just getting into home automation, and I've made the decision to go Google over Amazon. The lack of a simple web interface on the Google Hub is a slight drawback IMHO, but it sounds like it might get there eventually. I loved the price-point of Google Hub over Echo Show, and I love that Google has higher scores on the query test. I subscribed and look forward to hearing abut the latest updates as they roll out.

  45. Dude, to make sure you hear it enough, your videos are magnificent on the fluidity and quality aspects. Great work.

  46. Guys, just a friendly reminder. This is google hub NOT a tablet. Why in the name of God someone would like to have a web browser here????

  47. Thanks for the video and I'm so glad that I bought my Lenovo Smart Display a few months back! That device is so amazing – I've been using it as a control hub for all my other smart devices. Let's hope google keeps updating them! 🙂

  48. 1:43 I was actually able to bring up the web browser bon my GHH
    I asked Google about the lenov smart display and I got it to take me to lenovos website I forget exactly how I did it but I was able to browse the Lenovo website from the device so it definitely already has some sort of browser built in

  49. I've noticed a good feature on google home when u ask when a tv program is on it tells you channel and time uk this is im speaking about

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