Google Home is a smart personal assistant hub that gets more capable by the day, with more improvements being seen as time goes on. One such improvement is the addition of Routines, which replaces the My Day settings that Google Home users enjoyed since the smart speaker came out, with one caveat – the My Day settings couldn’t trigger several actions from a single command. This minor frustration has been remedied with Google Home Routines.
What Are The Routines?
Routines has six actions for the different times of day: Good Morning, Commuting to Work, Leaving Home, Commuting Home, I’m Home, and Bedtime. Each of these commands can trigger multiple actions related to those times of day. Good Morning, for example, might turn on your nightstand light and activate your thermostat. Commuting to Work or Leaving Home may activate your security system and turn on the living room light so as to make passersby believe someone is home. The possibilities are endless – they’ll all depend on what sort of smart gear you’ve got.
There are other benefits to these routines as well. The Commuting to Work Routine will automatically tell you the traffic conditions on your route. Bedtime could trigger all of the lights in your house to turn off, the security system on, and possibly even lock your door. We expect the smart assistant’s abilities to grow massively within the next year, as has been seen with Amazon’s Alexa, as the list of Google Home compatible smart products lengthens.
List of Google Home Compatible Smart Products
- iHome ISP100 Weather Resistant Smart Plug
- JBL Link20 Smart Speaker
- August Smart Lock Pro
- Anova Precision Cooker
- Philips Hue Smart Lights
- Google Chromecast
- Sony Bravia XBR-A1E OLED Smart TV
- TP-Link HS105 Smart Plug
- Polk MagniFi Mini Soundbar
- Samsung SmartThings Hub
- Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Ring Video Doorbell 2
- Nest Cam IQ
- iRobot Roomba 690
- Lutron Caseta Smart Plug
- Logitech Harmony Remotes
- TP-Link Multicolor Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb
- Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
- Netgear Arlo
- Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
- Ecobee Switch+
- Lenovo Smart Display (Coming Soon)