Google Home has a long way to go until it catches up with the Amazon Echo, but Google is slowly making progress. Late last year the company added support for 30 new services and games, and recently, that list has quietly expanded.
Google’s entire ecosystem surrounding Home and Assistant is still in its infancy, with developer channels barely having been open for two months. However, there’s another way to look at that. In just two months, Google has approved over 70 apps and services for the Home ─ 73 to be exact. That list includes popular options like Uber and Dominos, as well as dozens of smaller, third party apps which come in handy.
Some examples I’ve found useful include “Ask Wonder,” which can remember information you tell it and bring it back up with a quick request. You might ask it to remember birthdays, codes, passwords, and other various bits of information. To use the app, simply say something along the lines of “OK Google, talk to wonder.”
If you’ve ever had a song stuck in your head, you’ll find the app ‘Genius’ pretty useful. Simply say “OK Google, let me talk to Genius” followed by “What’s the song that goes [insert song fragment].” Just a couple seconds later, Genius will relay the title of that song, as well as the artist. In my tests, I’ve found it really reliable and accurate, even for more obscure songs.
‘Argus’ is another service I find interesting. The health tracking service links back to the Android app and allows Google Home to relay information on step counting, sleep quality, and even weight tracking. It’s probably not for everyone, but it can certainly come in handy.
Another app that really stands out is ‘AutoVoice.’ We covered this more in-depth earlier this week, but in short, AutoVoice is essentially an IFTTT for Google Home, that affects your smartphone directly. If you’ve got a solid knowledge of Tasker, the possibilities for this app are quite literally endless.
‘AndChill’ is notable given Google Home’s focus on entertainment. With this app, users can find recommendations for movies that they’d love. The app will ask you to state a movie you already like, and then what you like about it. Once you’ve given it that information, the app will find a couple of movies that you would probably like based on those factors. If that movie is on Netflix, you could then ask Google to cast it to your TV.
Just for fun, I have to point out two amusing little apps now available for Home. The first is ‘Best Dad Jokes,’ which is exactly what you’d think. Stupid, but sometimes hilarious jokes played via the Home. Along with that, there’s a ‘Star Wars Facts’ app. Enough said.
And that just scratches the surface. Obviously, not every app for Google Home is or will be useful, but as the list expands, more and more apps are making their debut and closing the gap between the Home, and the Echo.