Google Assistant Can Now Act as an Intercom

15 November, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Becky Perry
  • You can now broadcast messages from Google Assistant to your Google Home devices

It is appealing to finally have an object which listens to you and does as you say.

Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home.

Delivering on its promise to come out with an update to allow users to use Google's Home speakers as an intercom system in their homes, Google, on Monday, rolled out an update that will allow users to do just that - use their Home speakers as an intercom system.

In addition to broadcasting custom messages, you can also broadcast Google-made playful messages for different activities like 'wake up, ' 'movie time, ' 'tv time, ' 'lunch, ' 'dinner, ' and more. Once done, the message will be played on all the devices tied to the account.

The feature can be used whenever the user wants pass along a message to notify their friends or family. Using the ok Google command through their smartphones or Google Home speakers, users can raise the temperature, lower the temperature, and perform other tasks or requests, though ecobee doesn't explicitly mention all of the supported actions that can be initiated. In other words, the NVIDIA Spot just relays information to you wherever it's plugged. All one needs to do is say "Ok Google, broadcast" followed by the message, which will then broadcast on Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home. When you broadcast something, it will go to all the Google home devices whose Do Not Disturb mode is turned off.

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In it, we're told that "from dinner bells to shouting, attempting to gather the family from around the house is nothing new".

iPhone: iOS 9.1 or higher; Google Assistant app; and the phone's language set to English.

That's just the tip of the iceberg too, as the virtual assistant supports a ton of other "delightful sounds", which can be found on the broadcast support page. The update is rolling out to users in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom with Homes set to English.

See Google's help center for more examples on how to use this feature. Earlier this year, ecobee launched the ecobee4 smart thermostat bringing with it the most advanced features that the line of devices had yet to offer, while boasting that it could potentially save customers up to 23 percent in energy costs every year, all at a price of $249.

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