What Google Home’s Entry into Spanish-Speaking Countries Means for the Smart Home

Finding a “Home of the Future” in a city or neighborhood near you seems like a simple task as of late. With smart home tours, demos, and displays becoming readily available around the world, more people are curious about how to make their homes “smart”. What they often find, are limitations.

Right now, IoT connected devices can be out of range in a number of ways for the average home consumer. Devices might be too pricey, they might not be sold in your country, and more than likely, they don’t speak your language. These are only a few reasons why many people are looking for other opportunities to join in on the fun.

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Home displays are quickly expanding into rental properties and home share platforms, like this one, who are focused on delivering exceptional in-home experiences for their guests and visitors. Home design experts agree, the hospitality industry is beginning to feature smart home automation more and more as part of branded experiences. There is an element of magic to the things in a room that leave their special guests with a memorable stay.

Although the devices featured in each home might differ, one function remains consistent: voice controlled assistants. “Voice” control products focus on the voice, that’s obvious. But what about other communication factors? Tone of voice and body language account for 93% of communication, 55% of that being body language. That leaves the UX between Voice Assistants and users to a slender 7% window for interaction. It’s a fractional opportunity to build an experience for thousands of people around the world. On top of that, psychologists have noted the effect of language on persuasiveness, community engagement, and in building new relationships. So, what does it mean for tech pioneers seeking to play with the latest and greatest in voice controlled home automation but don’t speak the language? Not quite the magical experience you were expecting.

With language being so powerful, it’s no wonder Google has committed to understanding and speaking over 30 languages by the end of 2018. And, why Amazon is being careful with the new languages they do release.

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"Buen dia, Google!"

Earlier this week Google announced that Assistant on its Home, Mini and Max products can now speak and understand Spanish with products launched last week in Spain, and this week in Mexico. For the Hispanic community of over 437 million people, the second largest language of native speakers, this means access to the magic of voice controlled home automation.

With automation being more of dance than a translation triathlon, new users are having a lot more fun. There are silly magical exchanges shared with friends on WhatsApp, there are more devices being discovered, and best of all, people feel that the future is finally “here”.

As our friends in Spain and Mexico dive into the wonder of smart home automation, Yonomi’s device ecosystem and easy routine creations have been a popular resource. Using Yonomi, you can connect your Sonos sound system, Hue lights in the living room and kitchen, your Nest thermostat, and more to truly bring the home to life. With more languages and a bigger community, we are excited to see how designers, hotels, rentals, and home owners will use the power of language with the power of Yonomi, to add a little bit of magic to their day.

 
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