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Google Home has finally arrived in Australia, giving Aussies a chance to get their foot in the door with smart home technology. A smart speaker with its very own voice-activated Google Assistant, the Google Home is designed to blend in with your day-to-day life. Here are some of the things it can do.

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First off, the Google Home features a speaker system underneath its colored mesh base. You can use Google Assistant to listen to music on Google Play, Spotify, YouTube Music or TuneIn.

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Google Assistant can also help with practical tasks, like doing quick calculations, defining or translating words, and more. Just wake it up by saying "OK, Google" or, "Hey, Google."

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The Google Home can also set alarms and timers, and if you're on the way out the door, you can ask it about the weather, traffic conditions, or check the distance to your destination. You'll know it's listening when the coloured lights flash on top. 

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Google Assistant can also check your Google calendar for you, and set reminders, even though it can't add or remove events yet.

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If you have any smart home gadgets, you can use the Google Home to control them with your voice (or from the Google Home app). It works with Nest...

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...with Philips Hue bulbs, which it can dim and color-change...

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...with WeMo smart switches...

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...and with IFTTT, so you can program simple "if this, then that" statements to trigger certain actions in your home. 

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In the kitchen, you can ask Google Assistant to add items to your shopping list or give you conversions for imperial measurements. 

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If you're not sure where you want to go, it can tell you about nearby businesses and restaurants.

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If you'd rather stay in with friends, you can play trivia games with the Home.

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Using Chromecast devices, you can play videos from YouTube, Netflix and Stan on connected TVs or play music through connected speakers -- all using your voice.

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If you have a disagreement, you can simply look up the answers using the Home. Google Assistant can resolve questions about random facts, sports team records, or even how certain animals sound, if that's the sort of thing you argue about.

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If you still can't resolve the disagreement, the Google Home can always flip a coin or roll a die. Have more than six people involved? Use a 12-sided die.

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If you want to find some Easter eggs, you can even sit around with friends reciting movie lines and famous quotes to see how Google Assistant responds. We've collated a full list of Easter eggs and Aussie surprises

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If your guests are so impressed by the Google Home that they can't stop talking about it, just hit the button on the back to mute its microphone. That way it won't keep asking, "Can you repeat the question?"

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So that's the Google Home. Its features will likely keep expanding in the coming months, but for now, it's got plenty of features that come in handy in every room of the house. Check out the full list of commands for more.

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