Google Home learns a new trick, can now broadcast messages

Google Home broadcast turns the Assistant into a PA

When you tell Assistant, "OK Google, broadcast it's dinnertime", a bell will ring across the connected devices. That's great news for anyone who was a bit disappointed to see the ecobee4 launch with Alexa support baked in but Google Assistant nowhere in sight.

Family members can now broadcast to Google Home speakers using Google Assistant.

The new broadcast feature is rolling out to Google Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. Support for more languages will be available soon. The voice message will then be sent to all Google Assistant-enabled speakers in the house that are associated with the user. You will also need to be signed into the same Google Account on your smartphone and on the Google Home device (s). The Google support page on the feature now states that you need Google Home devices with firmware 1.26.93937 or higher to use broadcasting. Just wake up the voice assistant and it will do the job for you. Say, for example, you're leaving office for home and want to notify your spouse. Now the time has finally arrived when one can use this technology.

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"Today's announcement continues our commitment to offer Google Assistant users some of the most innovative smart home technology on the market". You can broadcast custom messages, or have the Assistant announce automated "playful messages" and sounds. Rather than yelling or texting them, you can broadcast your voice through Google Home. In other words, the NVIDIA Spot just relays information to you wherever it's plugged.

Recently, Google taught Assistant more than 50 new family-friendly games, stories, and activities.

"Broadcasting starts rolling out today to the Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, with more languages coming soon", both gents conclude.

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