Picture of the Google Home Voice Activated Speaker, showing the front of the original packaging, closed, not yet opened.

Unboxing Google Home Voice Activated Speaker




Not difficult packaging for the Google Home voice activated speaker.  Very simple to unbox, power up, and make ready  for setup.

For our vision impaired and blind readers, the Google Home smart speaker comes in a solid, heavy box that slides apart into two pieces, with a picture of the unit on the front, as pictured next.  The front and sides are white in color, while the back has a medium gray hue.  Once you remove the tape that secures the top and bottom of the box together, you can slide the top piece away from the bottom, to gain access to the speaker, power adapter, and user guide pamphlets inside.

Picture of the Google Home Voice Activated Speaker, showing the front of the original packaging, closed, not yet opened.
Google Home Voice Activated Speaker, showing the front of the original packaging, closed, not yet opened.

Sample Google Home Commands.  On the left side of the box, there’s a list of seven example questions and commands that you can ask the Google Home Assistant once you’ve set it up, These include: “Okay Google, play music by Sia,”  “Hey Google, set a 13 minute timer for pizza,”  “Hey Google, who was the US President when NASA was founded?” and “Okay Google, is my flight on time?”  See the next picture for more questions.

Picture of the Google Home speaker, original box, left side view.
Google Home speaker, original box, left side view.

Partial list of features and supported services.  On the right side of the original packaging, they’ve listed several of the features, capabilities, and services offered by this Google Home assistant.  It includes far field voice recognition for hands free use and accurate understanding of what you ask.  Dual band Wi-Fi is supported (on both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. bands).  Rich, full bass and treble for hi fidelity, monophonic sound.  Chromecast built in for casting of audio from Chromecast compliant audio applications.  Chromecast also allows syncing of multiple Google Home speakers for multi-room playback of the same music.  This speaker can also play music sources such as YouTube Music, Pandora, Google Play Music, and TuneIn Radio.  The box also details some of the services that the Google Home virtual assistant can control, such as Google Chromecast, Nest thermostats, Hue light bulbs, and SmartThings IoT devices.  See the next picture for more devices and services that you can access via this smart speaker.

Picture of the Google Home inteligent speaker, original box, showing view of right side panel.
Google Home inteligent speaker, original box, showing view of right side panel.

What you can do with the Google Home intelligent speaker.  Finally, on the back of the box as pictured next, we find a picture of the gray version of the Google Home speaker sitting on a table, along with a brief layman’s overview of the sorts of tasks and activities this virtual assistant can perform for you; everything from DJing a party, finding answers quickly to common (as well as not-so-common questions), and turning your home into a smart home.  We recommend that you keep the original packaging after unboxing, as it shows a valuable overview of Google Home, as documented here.

Picture of the Google Home smart speaker, original box, showing the back side.
Google Home smart speaker, original box, showing the back side.

Gently peel two pieces of sealing tape away from bottom.  They’ve marked the right, upper corners of this tape with red arrows, as shown in the pictures of the left and right sides of the box above.  We removed this tape, careful not to damage the box.  You could slice it with a sharp knife as well.  The presence of this tape, intact, indicates that you have a genuine, new, and unopened product.

Lift top of box (the cover) away from bottom.  As shown next, once the two pieces of thick tape is taken off, you can lift off the top shell part of the box.  As shown next, you then can lift open the hatch of the inner box, to get at the speaker.

Picture of the Google Home smart speaker, front view, with box open.
Google Home smart speaker, front view, with box open.

 

Remove box contents.  Then, we opened the inner box hatch, and removed all the contents, which included the power adapter and cord,  the speaker itself, and the user guides, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home intelligent speaker, completely unboxed, showing the original packaging opened, the speaker, manuals, and power adapter.
Google Home intelligent speaker, completely unboxed, showing the original packaging opened, the speaker, manuals, and power adapter.

Verify the box contents.  As pictured above, you should find all these items in your Google Home speaker box, including the speaker itself, the power pack, and several mini pamphlets (manuals) and quick start cue cards.

Connect the Google speaker to the AC power adapter.  This amplified speaker operates from 16.5 volts DC, 2 Amps, positive center polarity, and comes with the necessary UL approved “wall wart” switching power supply adapter.  Note that this device is not USB powered.

Turn the speaker upside down and locate the power port, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home speaker, bottom view, showing the 16.5 Volt DC barrel style power connection.
Google Home speaker, bottom view, showing the 16.5 Volt DC barrel style power connection.

Insert the DC power barrel connector into speaker.  Then, plug the white barrel power plug, as shown in the previous picture, into the power port jack on the speaker.  The plug, connected to the speaker, is shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home speaker, bottom view, showing the power plug fully inserted into speaker power port.
Google Home speaker, bottom view, showing the power plug fully inserted into speaker power port.

Plug the adapter into mains power.  Next, plug the adapter into a 120-volt AC outlet, as shown in the next picture.  The boot process begins, which takes approximately thirty seconds; all the while, the red, yellow, green, and blue LED lamps on the speaker top touch panel, displaying spinning and blinking patterns, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home Speaker powering up, showing multi-colored ring of lights on top, spinning and blinking during boot.
Google Home Speaker powering up, showing multi-colored ring of lights on top, spinning and blinking during boot.

After booting completes, you’ll be prompted to set up your Google Home smart speaker.  We’ll provide instructions for that shortly. Watch this post for future updates.

Follow our setup instructions.  We’ll shortly provide step-by-step setup instructions for connecting your new Google speaker to your Wi-Fi network

Enjoy your new speaker! 

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2016-12-27: Originally published.