Google Assistant Can Now Broadcast to Compatible Speakers, Acting Like an Intercom

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Google says their Assistant now works for over 1,000 smart devices from over 150 popular brands.

The new feature also has some built-in aaster eggs.

Just like Alexa, you can trigger it from any speaker (ie, Google Home) in the home or from Google Assistant on your android phone (as long as all of your devices are signed into the same Google account).

The service can be activated by the use of a simple voice command, "Ok Google, broadcast", which is to be followed by the announcement the user wants to make.


Unlike Amazon's family of Echo speakers, the broadcast feature is a one-way system, meaning it can't be used as a two-way home intercom. From today these thermostats will go little more capable by moving with the support of Google Assistant. That said the wait is now over and anyone who may have held off on a device like the Google Home or an ecobee thermostat can confidently purchase either or both knowing that they will work together.

The initial rollout of the update has already begun, covering the regions of US, Australia, Canada and UK. You can do this by opening the Google Home app tap Devices in the top-right corner tap the Menu icon for the Google Home device card Settings Do not disturb. This will transmit the message to the user on their Google Home.

Things such as dinner time, waking up, or going to bed can all be addressed via these new speakers. You could also say "Ok Google, broadcast/shout/tell/announce..." then add your own message.

A new blog post entitled "Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant" has been published by Google Home Product Manager, Alex Duong, and Google Assistant Software Engineer, Nam Do. This means that one can send a message remotely and make sure that it is delivered to all the other devices. The iPhone X, Apple's most recent flagship, includes Face ID, a feature that is expected to be incorporated into all of the company's 2018 iPhones.

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