Google Home is the first smart assistant in Canada, and it’s a big deal. Here’s what you need to know.
Google Home is now available in Canada, and it’s the first voice assistant-powered speaker to make the trip north (despite years of secret Amazon Echo smuggling). Available for $179, the diminutive speaker is terrifically cute and extremely useful, but there are a few differences between it and the U.S. or international versions that you’ll want to know about.
It sounds pretty great
I’ve a Google Home and an illegal Amazon Echo next to one another, and they both sound OK — not great, especially when compared to something like a Sonos Play:1, but pretty good — but I think the Google Home sounds better. It has truer low-end from a nicely-sized passive cavity and a fairly accurate driver for accurate music and voice reproduction.
Given that the Amazon Echo isn’t officially sold in Canada, Google Home’s respectable sound quality is a bonus, but it helps even more when two units are paired together to form multi-room, or intra-room, music parties.
There’s support for Canadian French (so you’re welcome, France!)
The Google Home isn’t sold in France just yet, so support for Canadian French — a mandate of any product sold in Canada — meant that French, with its quirky Quebecois variances, is now supported by the smart speaker.
More importantly, it means that French Canadians can communicate with the assistant in their native tongue, while bilingual Canadians can go back and forth between the two. Incroyable!
It’s not just an American thing
Google hasn’t just slapped a second language on Home and called it a product; the company has added a number of Canadian-specific news sources that everyone can enjoy. Those include:
TC Media (Metro)
The Weather Network
These sources can be added to a daily news roundup when selecting