At a price of just around $49, Google offers a compact and affordable smart speaker with its Google Home Mini. It is the perfect addition to Google’s smart home ecosystem. Moreover, it adds to the aesthetics with its small, neat design. Apart from being a Bluetooth speaker, it comes loaded with the Google assistant that lets you do a lot of cool things including the following:
- Use it to play white noise: White noise is often cited to be an effective sleeping aid by many. White noise comprises static frequencies that creates soothing ambient sounds. It can be anything from the sound of a ceiling fan to the sound made by a steady downpour of rain. Jetlagged? Sleep schedule jumbled up? Just tell your Google Home Mini to play the sound of rain or any white noise that you like and get a sound sleep. To make sure that the device turns off after you fall asleep, set a sleep timer.
- Broadcast to multiple Google Home devices: You can use your Google Home Mini as an intercom device as well. You can broadcast messages across multiple Google Home devices, all at the same time. Want to announce, it’s time for breakfast? Just say, “OK Google, broadcast that breakfast’s ready.” Each device will ring a bell across the house. What’s cooler is that you can use this feature even when you are not at home. If you own an Android phone, just say, “OK Google, broadcast I’m on my way home.” Or if you have an Apple device, open Google assistant and give the same audio command. This will trigger all the devices connected to your Google Home Mini in your house.
- Hands-free calling: Whether you are cooking or in the middle of any chore, you can make a quick call with your Google Home Mini even if your hands are not free. Just say, “OK Google, call XYZ” and the device will make a call to that person. However, this is feature is applicable only for your Google contacts. Moreover, Google Home Mini has the capability to recognize different voices. So, you can share the device with multiple people and the device will know who wants to place a call.
- Don’t miss out on daily routines: With Google Home Mini, you can easily set up your daily routines and schedule. With a single command, the device will help you get ready for the day. Just say, “Hey Google, good morning,” and your Google Home Mini will read out your schedule for the day, read out the day’s news, tell you about the traffic in your usual route to work, and inform you about the day’s weather. At the end of the day, when you are off to bed, just say, “Hey Google, good night!” and the device will turn off all the lights and will turn down the thermostat. It will also read out important appointments and events that you may have scheduled in your calendar for the next day giving you a convenient reminder.