Re: the google home: early impressions

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>

Hi Tim,
Would you please provide steps on setting up the Echo using a computer?  Thanks much.
Take care.
Sent from my iBarstool.

----- Original Message -----
From: Tim Grady
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 2:59 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the google home: early impressions

As far as I’m concerned, one of the distinct advantages of the echo is that you don’t need a cell phone to set it up.  it can be done with a computer, just like the chromecast.
> On Jan 5, 2017, at 10:47 PM, Melissa <angel.melissa0107@...> wrote:
> Got it set up with no sighted assistance required. The app on the
> Iphone is easier to use than the alexa app.
> On 1/5/17, Melissa <angel.melissa0107@...> wrote:
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Jan 5, 2017, at 6:21 PM, Joe Giovanelli <joegio100@...> wrote:
>>> Hello All,
>>> Alexa has competition. Last November Google introduced its device: the
>>> Home. I just got mine set up this afternoon and thought you'd like some
>>> early thoughts.
>>> Physically, this unit is perhaps a bit more than the height of the Echo.
>>> Its diameter is just a shade smaller, but it tapers a bit as one moves
>>> toward the top. The top surface slopes down for an inch or two. This part
>>> of the Home is a touch surface. Sliding on it in a clockwise direction
>>> increases the audio level. Moving counterclockwise lowers it. Tapping the
>>> surface pauses or resumes play.
>>> The lower portion of the Home feels like a cloth mesh. This mesh can be
>>> removed and replaced by a mesh, or screen, of a different color.
>>> With this removed, we can see three small speakers.  One faces left and
>>> one faces right. These are the mid/high-end drivers. The remaining
>>> loudspeaker faces forward and is the subwoofer. It is capable of wide cone
>>> excursions and can produce considerable low-frequency response down to
>>> perhaps 55 Hz. Believe me! this is very impressive, although somewhat
>>> boomy at times. Overall, the sound is better than that of the Amazon
>>> Echo.
>>> There is no jack for obtaining audio to a sound system. This reminds me of
>>> how Apple has removed audio jacks from some of its devices. Audio can
>>> still feed a sound system via a small device known as a Google Audio
>>> Crhomecast. TV can be supported by a Video Chromecast. (I do not have that
>>> unit so cannot discuss it.)
>>> The price of the Google Home is $130. The Audio Chromecast costs $35.
>>> Like the Echo, the Home must be set up using a Google Home app. There are
>>> 28 steps to set it up. I had an experienced sighted helper and he got it
>>> going in a bit over a half hour.
>>> Again, like the Echo, most items are opened, or linked, via the app. Some
>>> services have a monthly charge. Lots of music can be heard at no charge.
>>> Pandora and Google Play can be heard that way. If, however, you ask to
>>> hear a particular artist, you'll hear him or her but mixed with other
>>> artists.
>>> The Audio Chromcast must be linked to the Home. If you give each device
>>> its own name, you can hear your selection from the device you ask for when
>>> requesting an item.
>>> If no name is called, the sound will emanate from the Home. Like the Echo,
>>> the Home uses a wake up word, either Okay Google or Hey Google.
>>> I wish this list could accept attachments. I could have described the
>>> equipment in greater detail, and you could have heard the amazing sound
>>> this equipment can produce.
>>> This does it for now. I look forward to hearing from others as they
>>> experiment with this product. If you find that I made any errors in this
>>> presentation, I look forward to knowing about them.
>>> Joe Giovanelli, W2PVY
>>> Thank you Joe would you be willing to send me an attachment I just got one
>>> for my husband for his birthday and I'm hoping that I can set it up
>>> without cited help thank you so much for your review

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