Google Posts Details for Google Home’s Routines, Which Likely Means They’re Rolling Out

After telling us back at MWC that Google Home’s Routines feature was finally ready to rollout in a few weeks, Google looks like it has taken the next step towards making that happen. This afternoon, they posted new support pages for Google Home Routines, filling in many of the blanks we were curious about from this latest feature that may be one of Google Home’s best.

According to Google, Routines have now replaced the My Day feature that you used to access on Google Home. So when you go into the Google Home app here shortly and head into “More settings,” you’ll see that Routines will have taken the place of My Day. And that’s not a bad thing, since Routines are far more powerful than the previous My Day morning command.

Out of the gate, you’ll have 6 Routines that you can customize (good morning, bedtime, leaving home, I’m home, commuting to work, and commuting home).

In the “good morning” command, you’ll say “Hey Google, good morning…,” to have it take your phone off silent (if initiated from your phone), adjust lights/plugs/thermostats/etc., tell you about the day’s weather or commute or calendar or reminders, and adjust media volume. You could then have it finish off by playing music or news, the radio, and audiobook, or nothing.

The bedtime command will do things like silent your phone, tell you about tomorrow’s weather or calendar items, set alarms, adjust lights and other smart home products, and adjust media volumes. You can even have it trigger music or sleep sounds.

With other Routines commands like “I’m home” or “Let’s go to work” or “I’m leaving,” Google Home and the Assistant will do exactly what you think they will: tell you about commutes and the weather, adjust smart home products (lights, thermostats, smart plugs, and more), send text messages (ex: a text to family that you are on your way home), broadcast to Google Home’s that you are coming home, and play music or news, that sort of thing.

Again, Routines should be rolling out shortly, now that Google has posted all of the details surrounding them. Be sure to update your Google Home app and head into “More settings” to look for the option.

// Google Support

Google Home Max and Apple HomePod duke it out in a blind test

In case you haven’t heard, the Apple HomePod recently launched to much excitement, but does it deserve the overwhelming amount of hype it’s getting? We can’t answer that question ourselves just yet, but Yahoo conducted a blind test survey to see which smart home speakers sounded the best to common ears.

The results may surprise you. The Apple HomePod, Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One were pit against each other. Panelists were asked to rank each one on the merit of sheer sound quality. The Sonos One walked away with three of the panelists’ best votes. Google’s Home Max took 2 votes. The HomePod and Amazon Echo were left in the dust.

It’s a fair knock on the Amazon Echo, which isn’t priced quite the same ($150) as the others ($350-$400 for both the HomePod and Google Home Max).

Read More: Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Most surprising of all, though, is that the $200 Sonos One might actually trounce them all, and considering you can get 2 of those for the price of one of the other beasts, it may well be the best value in home speakers. Of course, no one has Google or Amazon beat in the smarts department just yet, so you’ll have to decide what’s more important to you in the long run.