Want a New Google Home Device? 7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy

MakeUseOf | 10/11/2017 | Bryan Wolfe
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Google recently introduced four new smart home products: Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Clips, and Nest Hello. Before buying any of these new products, here are some questions to ask yourself.

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1. Do You Want Google Having a Camera in Your Home?

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Unlike many smart home cameras on the market, Google Clips does not store images on a cloud service. Instead, the device saves the files. These clips are viewable via Wi-Fi using your mobile device.

While Google could technically view your images from afar thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, they almost certainly wouldn’t do this. Can you imagine the press coverage if they did?

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Could someone hack the camera? Of course, they could, just like with any smart home device. However, this isn’t likely either. When in doubt, be sure to change your passwords often.

If you’re still concerned about security, Google Clips probably isn’t for you. Instead, look for a camera that has a microSD card slot so you can take your images offline.

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2. Are You Comfortable With Google Listening?

Both the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max work best when connected to the internet. The voice-controlled speakers can make phone calls, play music, control smart gadgets, and more.

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Like the original Google Home speaker released in 2016, the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max don’t record conversations. Instead, the device’s built-in microphone listens for hot words after you say “OK Google.”

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