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  Reply # 1911501 1-Dec-2017 10:11
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Grouping of lamps is still bad on the Alexa. I can't say set bedroom to red or similar and have all them change to red. Can turn on/off fine but not colour




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  Reply # 1911561 1-Dec-2017 11:08
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For those that are interested, PB Tech have Google Home Mini in stock and are on special from today for $83.00, down from $99

 

If I hadn't ordered two from B&H for less than this shipped, I would have definitely gone in and picked one up.

 

 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SPKGOG1001/Google-Home-Mini-Smart-Speaker-with-Google-Assista


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1911772 1-Dec-2017 18:56
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Good on PBTech for parallel importing the mini. In the same way that Noel Leeming did a couple of months ago with the full size Home. $88 is probably a good price too considering I paid $100 for my Echo Dot on trademe a couple of months ago.

It frustrates me that Google is happy to use NZ for things like Project Loon but seems to forget we exist when it comes to things like the Home range, and even Google Assistant. I wonder if it will make any difference if Amazon start selling the Echo range into NZ from their Aussie base.

Picked up a second Home Mini from Best Buy before heading back to NZ. I was able to use the gift card I got on Black Friday so it only cost me $US21. I'm hoping the intercom broadcast feature is available in Australia (website says it is) so I can use it throughout the house.




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  Reply # 1911835 1-Dec-2017 21:09
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i will have 2 extra mini's i got for sale early next year. they are coming back in hand luggage over xmas holidays.

 

will sell for about what i paid for them (black Friday sale price)


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  Reply # 1912318 3-Dec-2017 16:45

 

 

Loving the GH Mini.  Got a GH coming too.  

 

But now, the GH Max is coming out soon.  A larger speaker.  Where's my Visa? 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1912326 3-Dec-2017 17:36
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WellingtonBoy:

 

Loving the GH Mini.  Got a GH coming too.  

 

But now, the GH Max is coming out soon.  A larger speaker.  Where's my Visa? 

 

 

Does the standard GH have a line out to connect a decent stereo to?  If so then you can get great sound without needing a GH Max, if not then there is always the Chromecast Audio that you could connect to a good stereo.

 

My GH & a Chromecast are already sitting at my Shipito address in Ca, some other packages will arrive this week and I'll have some new toys to play with in time for Xmas.

 

I have a GH Mini on the way, I'm thinking that it could be truly portable if powered from a USB power bank, as long as it is in range of the WiFi of course.


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  Reply # 1912340 3-Dec-2017 17:59
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No output on either of them, so need the chromecast audio to get audio to something decent. Quite slow to start playing compared to echo dot with spotify that way - 8-10 seconds is not uncommon.





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  Reply # 1912380 3-Dec-2017 19:47

MarkH67:

 

Does the standard GH have a line out to connect a decent stereo to?  If so then you can get great sound without needing a GH Max, if not then there is always the Chromecast Audio that you could connect to a good stereo.

 

 

 

 

Chromecast is an option, but our stereo is rubbish. Plus, I'm keen to have a smart speaker in a few rooms. Will wait to see what the audiophiles think of the sound / bass quality before buying. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1912394 3-Dec-2017 20:30
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I was at Mountain View (Google HQ) a few weeks ago and received a Google Home Mini and Chromecast amongst other things.

 

I am pretty impressed.  It recognised by Hue bulbs straight away and can do something like.

 

"OK Google, turn Downstairs lights off"

 

"OK. Google, play Heavy Metal on youtube on Downstairs TV" and TV will turn on by itself and play Heavy Metal Music Videos within a few seconds on the TV

 

When finished.

 

"OK. Google, Turn all lights off"

 

"OK Google, Turn Downstairs TV off"

 

and I can go to bed.

 

 

 

The Home Mini (due to its size) its Audio output is not as good as the Home's Audio but still very good can play music with no problems at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Dingbatt:  I'm hoping the intercom broadcast feature is available in Australia (website says it is) so I can use it throughout the house.

 

it works for me in nz. DO NOT TELL YOUR KIDS ABOUT THIS FUNCTION


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  Reply # 1912402 3-Dec-2017 20:54
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also it seems google have gone to more efforts to lock down the additional GH services. you used to be able to change language settings to US and that would bring up the services menu in the home app, where you would find autovoice, august, tile, and other third party services. but language change doesnt seem to work anymore ... but you still can use services, if you link them through the GH itself

 

example. if you have a tile pro, you can ask GH to talk to tile, it will ask you if you want to link. then once linked, you can ask google to tell tile to find your keys (better to shortcut "find my keys" obviously). previously it was easier to link in the home app

 

google will also find your phone if you ask it to - no tile needed. does it natively. very cool

 

 


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  Reply # 1912403 3-Dec-2017 20:57
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also sorry for the consecutive posts but if anyone is able to grab a coral GH mini i will swap for a sealed box chalk mini and forever be in your debt


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  Reply # 1912444 3-Dec-2017 21:38
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Dingbatt:  I'm hoping the intercom broadcast feature is available in Australia (website says it is) so I can use it throughout the house.


it works for me in nz. DO NOT TELL YOUR KIDS ABOUT THIS FUNCTION



Have you got your language set to Australian or American?

Interestingly, the Best Buy store I visited didn't have any coral coloured minis. The chalk was my colour of choice over the charcoal ones anyway as it matches the Homes already had.

When you were talking about autovoice, did you mean as in the Android app plugin for Tasker? I would rather say "Jarvis" as the trigger than "Okay (Hey) Google". It worked on my phone so would be good for the Home if it could be made to work.
It is one of the things I like about the Echo. The trigger isn't an advert for the parent organisation.




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  Reply # 1912535 4-Dec-2017 10:29
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I think its now location based of the GH and language of the app... some weird combo. I just used the ipad to do it as i set the region and language of the ipad to US, and set the GH to some address in New York to enable some features like multi user. Ive left the home location to new york but the apps are set to AU and works fine. Broadcast is pretty funny from my phone to the kitchen while at work.

 

I wish the mini had that play/pause button working on the top though as sometimes its just a pain pausing whatever its doing when other people are there. A google home show would be awesome too or some what to send info to the google home app on an ipad (i.e. cooking)


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  Reply # 1912643 4-Dec-2017 13:14
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If anyone is interested, B&H Photo Video still have their Mini's for $29USD and now also have a special on the original Home for $79USD. Both of which are really good pricing - the Original Google Home is $50USD off and equates to roughly $115NZD


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