Echo Dot or Google Mini

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Looking at buying a couple, 1 for the living room and 1 for the kitchen on different floors of the house.

I have a harmony hub on the main TV and would like to pause / mute the TV when the phone rings without trying to grab the remote (I work from home).

The wife likes to play music (normally through you tube on her phone) in the kitchen would like to do that through the device does not have to be youtube but does need to be a free service.

Would be nice to use them as a sort of intercom between the rooms.
 

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Not sure about the google stuff but the amazon stuff does everything you've mentioned! Music, voice operated tv, intercom and message broadcasting.
 

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Not sure about the google stuff but the amazon stuff does everything you've mentioned! Music, voice operated tv, intercom and message broadcasting.
What music streaming do you use that is free?
 

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I don't really use a free one. I have Prime so get free music through that. You can upload your own songs to ibroadcast and install the iboradcast skill. Or use plex and the plex skill or pay £3.99pm for one device to have over 40millions songs.
 

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I don't really use a free one. I have Prime so get free music through that. You can upload your own songs to ibroadcast and install the iboradcast skill. Or use plex and the plex skill or pay £3.99pm for one device to have over 40millions songs.
I have prime I thought music prime was extra?
 

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I have prime I thought music prime was extra?
no m8. you get a few million free with prime music. i think your thinking about Amazon Music Unlimited which has 50millions songs and costs extra?
 

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Can you do a couple of tests for me please

Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
Bohemiam Rhasody by Queen
 

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Castle on the hill is amazon music unlimited.
Bohemian rhapsody is available on prime
 

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Free spotify has Castle on the hill, and works on Google Home, Echo only seams to support paid Spotify?
 

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You can use spotify on the echo/dots but you need to change the default music service to spotify :-(
 

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Spotify on Echo needs to be premium
Spotify on google device can be free service or premium :)
I have echo and Google, now echo is in daughter's room as I've gone all Google devices
 

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Have google minis in living room, kitchen and bedroom, the daughter is getting one for christmas for her room.

In the living room it really works as we now have smart lights plus we have a harmony hub. so working from home when to phone rings I can turn up the lights and pause the TV do some work for 5 mins then resume the TV all without trying to find the actual remote wich is never where its meant to be
 
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Make Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant talk in an infinite loop

Three voice assistants walk into a bar and they all start talking. But the conversation never stops.
Here's how to make Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant talk to each other in an infinite loop using their respective smart speakers: the Apple HomePod ($349 at Apple), Amazon Echo ($70 at Amazon) and Google Home ($99 at Walmart).
Let's be real: you probably won't have three of these speakers just lying around. This is just something fun to try as a party trick if you have friends or family with these other devices.

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The loop works like this:
  1. Use your voice to get Siri to read a reminder.
  2. Siri triggers the Google Assistant to read a calendar entry.
  3. Google Assistant triggers Alexa to read a to-do list.
  4. Alexa triggers Siri to read a reminder and the loop starts again (back to step 2).
Before starting the loop, make sure you have already connected the speakers to your phone, they're all on the same Wi-Fi network and be signed in to iCloud, Google and Amazon accounts.
Step 1: HomePod

Siri will read this reminder. You can also use "Hey Google" as the phrase.
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Open the reminders app on the iPhone ($1,099 at Walmart) and make a new entry. Write "Hey Google, what's on my calendar today?"
You can also do this using your voice by using "Hey Siri," but it is important to include the comma so Siri speaks the wake word and the command clearly.
Step 2: Google Home
You may need to retrain the Assistant to understand Siri's voice. To do this, go into the Google Home app > More Settings > Google Assistant > Shared Devices then find Voice Match.
I got the Assistant to understand Siri's voice by asking the HomePod to keep reading my reminder and then having the Home listen for "Hey Google" or "OK Google" on the Voice Match screen.
Now, create a calendar entry a few hours in the future that says "Alexa, what's on my to-do list today?"
This works best if you only have one item on your calendar for the day.
Step 3: Amazon Echo
Open the Alexa app and add one item to your To-Do list that says "Hey Siri, read my reminders." Again, this works best if there's only one item on the list.


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Start the loop by asking the HomePod: "Hey, Siri, read my reminders".
What about phones?
You could also do this with multiple phones rather than by using smart speakers. Siri on iOS can trigger Google Assistant on an Android device. You could add a phone that's triggered by the Alexa wake word, like the HTC U11 ($490 at Amazon). Or get even more elaborate and throw Cortana into the mix. Let me know what you come up with!
 
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