Best Google Assistant-enabled Accessories Android Central 2020
It's tough to find a smart home product that doesn't connect to, or run, Google Assistant these days. No matter what size your room is, how much counter space you have in the kitchen, or what you need to control, Google Assistant is there. It's also an amazing platform for media, whether you want music, streaming video or an integrated TV experience. However, if you want the best of the best, these are some of our favorite picks.
- Assistant with a screen: Google Nest Hub
- Works with everything: Sonos One
- Has an Assistant button: Nokia 6.2
- No hub required: C by GE
- Truly wireless: Funcl AI Earphones
- Does it all: Google Nest Hub Max
- Bigger screen, plus video calls: Lenovo Smart Display (8-inch)
- Maket the robot vacuum: iRobot Roomba 675
- Control all the things: Logitech Harmony
- Hey Google, open Netflix: TCL 50S425 50-Inch 4K TV
- Still a great speaker: Google Home
- Put these all over the house: Google Nest Mini
The Nest Hub is a perfect upgrade for anyone who's fallen in love with their Google Home or Home Mini but wants the added benefit of a screen. Not only can it give you visual responses and watch YouTube videos, but the Nest Hub is also one of the best digital picture frames you can buy.
The Sonos One might not look like much at first glance, but you'd be wrong to underestimate its discreet looks. For one thing, it's an incredibly powerful speaker with impressive room-filling sound. It supports both Google Assistant and Alexa, can be used with AirPlay 2, and can be paired with other Sonos speakers in the blink of an eye.
Every Android phone these days can access the Google Assistant, but there are some that take its integration to the next level. The Nokia 6.2 has a dedicated button that's used to access the Assistant at any time, even if the screen is turned off. Outside of that, it's a really great phone at a fantastic price.
Smart bulbs are an essential addition to any smart home, and if you rely on Google Assistant, C by GE is the way to go. C by GE bulbs don't require a hub to work — just screw them in and they're good to go. The bulbs connect to your Google Home directly via Bluetooth, and you can create custom schedules, assign the bulbs to groups, and more.
Truly wireless earbuds are all the rage right now, and if you want an affordable pair that works with the Google Assistant, your best option are the Funcl AI Earphones. They're compact, have 3D stereo sound with AptX, Bluetooth 5.0, and last for up to six hours of listening time on one charge. With the charging case, you get three extra charges.
If you want one of the most powerful smart displays on the market, the Nest Hub Max is for you. It's essentially a larger version of the regular Nest Hub, featuring a 10-inch display, two powerful speakers with a subwoofer, and even a built-in security camera! This is the Rolls-Royce of Assistant displays, and it's well worth the asking price.
Lenovo's Smart Display matches the Home Hub for capabilities but has a few added benefits. It has a larger 8-inch display, can be used either landscape or portrait, and has a camera for two-way video calling. You'll have to think about whether you have the extra table space, but this could be a better buy if you do.
No one really likes vacuuming, so why do it yourself? With the Roomba 675, you can keep your hardwood and carpeted floors clean without having to lift a finger. Just say "Hey Google, start vacuuming" and the Roomba 675 will be on its way to get your home clean. It has a three-stage cleaning process and will dock itself on the charger when it needs more juice.
Essentially a universal remote for the modern age, the Logitech Harmony is the ultimate accessory for controlling all of your connected devices right from the couch. With Assistant integration, you can use the Harmony to start and stop custom activities or routines and control your TV all with just your voice.
The TCL 50S425 has all the makings of a great budget TV. It has a large 50-inch screen, supports 4K HDR content, and comes equipped with three HDMI 2.0 ports. It's powered by Roku, giving you access to a heap of streaming apps, movies, and TV shows. The best part? You can open apps, control playback, and more via the Google Assistant.
This is the smart speaker that started it all — and if you don't need a screen, it's a perfect home companion. Whether you buy just one to keep in the kitchen or get a few to link up multi-room audio for your music, the Google Home is a great all-around smart speaker that can often be found at a great discount.
Not every room deserves a full-fledged Home Hub or Google Home speaker, but the Nest Mini is perfect for these secondary rooms to get the basics done. This little speaker handles all of the same functions as a full Google Home, with a decent speaker that's good enough for smaller spaces. It also has flexible mounting options with a pre-drilled wall mount on the back.
Keep an eye on specific rooms or point it out the window to see what's happening outside from a distance. Nest Cam Indoor will alert you to movement, or you can just check in at any time from your smartphone.
Every home should be outfitted with a few power strips to ensure your gadgets stay safe in the event of a storm or power outage. With the Teckin Smart Power Strip, you get peace of mind knowing your devices are safe from harm while also gaining the ability to control the strip with your voice using the Google Assistant. It has four AC outlets and four USB-A ports.
These headphones from Bose look great, sound even better, and are incredibly comfortable to wear. They also have a dedicated voice assistant button, which by default calls up Google Assistant when connected to a compatible phone. The Google Assistant feature is bonus — these are among the top noise-cancelling headphones you can buy today.
The Chromecast Ultra is a perfect partner for a Google Home. They link up on the same network so you can ask your Home to play video on your TV, or fire up your home theater system for better-sounding music. It also does 4K HDR streaming directly with all of your favorite video services and supports Google Stadia.
If you want to go a step above the Chromecast Ultra, the new NVIDIA Shield TV is the gadget for you. It's powered by Android TV, meaning you get a user interface on your television in addition to the Shield TV also acting as a Chromecast target. It supports 4K HDR streaming, DTS-X audio, and the remote has a dedicated Google Assistant button.
This isn't really a purchase you make on a whim, but Sony makes some of the best 4K HDR TVs out there. Sony's also one of the few manufacturers that ships Android TV (with Google Assistant and Cast built in!) on its sets, which is miles ahead of most other "smart" TV operating systems.
Chromebooks are essentially Google's take on a Windows or Mac laptop, and if you want one of the best value ones right now, the Lenovo Chromebook C330 is the way to go. It's built like a tank, has powerful specs to speed up your workflow, and Chrome OS has the Assistant built-in so you can interact with it at any given moment.
Smart plugs are essential accessories for any smart home, and with the Wemo Mini, you get an affordable, compact one that works flawlessly with the Google Assistant. Once set up, you can have the Mini turn on/off by using the Wemo app or talking to the Assistant. It can also be put on a schedule to automatically work on its own.
If we're making some suggestions
As you can see, the Google Assistant is everywhere. If you're buying a smart device of any kind these days, chances are it works with the Assistant one way or another.
Out of everything being offered, though, our top recommendation goes to the Google Nest Hub. It brings the Google Assistant into your home for all of the questions/commands you may have. On the hardware side of things, it has a gorgeous display, design, and is the perfect digital photo album for showing off your Google Photos library.
You get a lot for your money with the Nest Hub, but if that's more than you'd like to spend, you can't go wrong with the Google Nest Mini Mini. While it does lack the Nest Hub's display, the Home Mini can perform all of the same Assistant commands, has a speaker that works perfectly fine for casual music listening, and looks oh so adorable.
Finally, if it's headphones you're after, consider spending a bit more money than perhaps you're used to to get the best of the best, Bose's new Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.
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