Even more exciting were the integrations announced. Google Home will work with Nest, SmartThings, Hue, and IFTTT right out of the box with further integrations down the road. For music services the Google Home devices will be integrated in with YouTube Music initially with Pandora, Spotify, Tunein, iHeart Radio, and Google Play coming soon. Multiple Google Home devices can been installed around the home and grouped together to play the same source house wide.
Voice Casting, or asking Google Home to play music or video on other devices like Chromecast or Android TVs, was one of the more exciting features demoed yesterday. While the feature seems restricted to certain media providers at the moment a partnership with Netflix was announced allowing you to say phrases like "Okay Google, play Stranger Things on my TV," and have the Chromecast or Android TV take care of the video. This feature seemed ambitious at first but now looks like a simple compromise and a very simple solution.
At $129 Google Home seems like a no-brainer for anyone who is interested in getting started with home automation. The device is available for order now and will be shipping November 4th.
What remains to be seen is how or if Google will support the entire platform moving forward. Google has a serious problem with their track record of announcing and abandoning products in very short periods of time. It's interesting to note that this device was developed by the Chromecast team and not Google's Nest division which has done little to nothing to release new exciting products since their acquisition for $3 billion in 2014. Google is a big company with many large teams and divisions but one has to wonder what will happen to Google Home if some other team comes up with the next shiny toy for the home. If Google wants a home platform they need to start thinking long term and focus on delivering more permanent solutions to a wider market but for now we have an inexpensive start with Google Home.