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#262107 6-Jan-2020 02:44
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Just a foreword: I was not sure which subforum this should go in so I chucked it here. Feel free to move it mods.

So I have a Google Home Mini that I purchased on 1day, which has been an awesome little smart speaker thing, but I have an issue:
Because it's a 1day refurb, it's actually a US model, which is fine with me, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to configure routines on it (like custom commands) without having to change my phone's entire language over to English (Australia) or English (United States). Do the models sold new at stores like PB Tech have English (New Zealand) as an option, or are they also crippled in that regard, requiring you to use English (Australia)?

Also, is there any way to get NZ news sources in the news bulletins on it? At the moment I have ABC World News on it from Australia, but if there's a way to get 1News or NewsHub or even Prime News I would love to know.

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  #2385697 6-Jan-2020 08:21
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There is no “NZ English” available as a language for Google Assistant. Google hasn’t seen fit to enable it. So you will need to change your language to one of those supported (Australian or US) for it to work.





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  #2385728 6-Jan-2020 09:01
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and google home is not officially in NZ, so some features won't work - local news, radio , tv, etc.





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  #2385925 6-Jan-2020 10:19
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kobiak:

 

and google home is not officially in NZ, so some features won't work - local news, radio , tv, etc.

 

 

Local radio works fine. I often tell my Home Mini to "Play the Breeze Auckland" and it does.


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  #2385928 6-Jan-2020 10:24
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MurrayM:

 

kobiak:

 

and google home is not officially in NZ, so some features won't work - local news, radio , tv, etc.

 

 

Local radio works fine. I often tell my Home Mini to "Play the Breeze Auckland" and it does.

 

 

I bet you have 3rd party service for that eg. iheart or alike, not google native. 





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  #2385933 6-Jan-2020 10:45
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Nope, mine plays RNZ National right outta the box with no additional sources configured.




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  #2385935 6-Jan-2020 10:49
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That's awesome! not that I'm into NZ radio, but still :)





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  #2385937 6-Jan-2020 10:58
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kobiak:

 

I bet you have 3rd party service for that eg. iheart or alike, not google native. 

 

 

We've got Spotify but I think that's the only 3rd party service we've added and I don't think the radio is playing through that.


 
 
 
 


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  #2385942 6-Jan-2020 11:11
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kobiak:

 

and google home is not officially in NZ, so some features won't work - local news, radio , tv, etc.

 

 

My Home Hub fetches the latest RNZ news headlines as part of the 'Good Morning' routine. I think RNZ was the only NZ source in the builtin app.


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  #2385945 6-Jan-2020 11:16
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toejam316: Nope, mine plays RNZ National right outta the box with no additional sources configured.

 

and does it say playing on iheart radio when you ask it to play?

 

its still using a 3rd party to do it, even if you havent configured any


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  #2385966 6-Jan-2020 11:48
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Jase2985:

toejam316: Nope, mine plays RNZ National right outta the box with no additional sources configured.


and does it say playing on iheart radio when you ask it to play?


its still using a 3rd party to do it, even if you havent configured any


It's been a hot minute since I've paid any attention so I couldn't say, but honestly that's splitting hairs. Through no end user intervention, the feature exists.
Does it matter if the local council or your neighbours put down new asphalt on the road outside your house? Either way it's there doing what you want it to do.




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  #2385997 6-Jan-2020 13:14
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toejam316:
Jase2985:

 

toejam316: Nope, mine plays RNZ National right outta the box with no additional sources configured.

 

 

 

and does it say playing on iheart radio when you ask it to play?

 

 

 

its still using a 3rd party to do it, even if you havent configured any

 


It's been a hot minute since I've paid any attention so I couldn't say, but honestly that's splitting hairs. Through no end user intervention, the feature exists.
Does it matter if the local council or your neighbours put down new asphalt on the road outside your house? Either way it's there doing what you want it to do.

 

maybe so but its factually correct


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  #2385999 6-Jan-2020 13:19
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toejam316: Nope, mine plays RNZ National right outta the box with no additional sources configured.

 

 

 

@toejam316 - What phrase do you use to get it to play RNZ national. My Google Home stopped doing this  - I had a routine to play it using "tunein" and that no-longer works - would love to get it going again.

 

Maybe I'll just delete the routine...


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  #2386006 6-Jan-2020 13:29
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i just tried it, "ok google, play radio New Zealand national"

 

"ok here is rnz national on iheart radio"


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  #2386059 6-Jan-2020 13:46
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KrazyKid:

 

What phrase do you use to get it to play RNZ national. My Google Home stopped doing this  - I had a routine to play it using "tunein" and that no-longer works - would love to get it going again.

 

Maybe I'll just delete the routine...

 

 

Mine also also was working but now refuses to find RNZ, even though I can manually find it using Tunein on the Shield. I might need to set up iheart by the sounds of it.

 

 








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  #2386065 6-Jan-2020 13:51
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gbwelly:

 

KrazyKid:

 

What phrase do you use to get it to play RNZ national. My Google Home stopped doing this  - I had a routine to play it using "tunein" and that no-longer works - would love to get it going again.

 

Maybe I'll just delete the routine...

 

 

Mine also also was working but now refuses to find RNZ, even though I can manually find it using Tunein on the Shield. I might need to set up iheart by the sounds of it.

 

 

 

 

i dont have iheart radio setup, i only have tunein and google play music


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