Google Home just cozied up with two new smart home partners

Google Home's suite of compatible home automation equipment continues to grow with the Google Assistant-powered speaker gaining two new brands under its belt.

Starting today, devices from Belkin's Wemo line and Honeywell are now partnered up with Google Home, granting users the ability to automate their home further with just their voice via Google's digital assistant.

Belkin's Wemo products include smart plugs and light switches, allowing Google Home owners the ability to control their home's lighting, while support for Honeywell means connected devices like the Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat can be controlled remotely via Google Assistant.

Owners can add these new devices to their smart speaker by opening up the Google Home app and pressing "+" in the Home Control menu.

Craftier Google Assistant users can also program their Google Homes or Google Pixel phones using IFTT. This allows for more specialized interactions with your smart home appliances, like replacing blasé phrases like, “Ok Google, turn on the living room lights,” with something more emphatic like, "Ok, Google: LET THERE BE LIGHT."

For those looking to cut out the middleman – or rather, middlespeaker – Google also plans on bringing smart device control not just the Google Home, but the Pixel as well. Google hasn't given a deadline for Pixel smart home support, but says the feature will be out "soon."

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