Google's Update for Google Home Lets it Double up as an Intercom

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

You don't have to be near a Google Home speaker for this feature to work, either.

With the update in place, users can set off Assistant on their smartphone to send messages to all Assistant-enabled speakers within their home. IN the meantime, we can also expect additional features to get rolled out as hinted by Google in its announcement last month.

"We're excited to work with ecobee to offer Google Assistant users even more choice in managing and controlling their home environments", said Mark Spates, Google Product Manager. In order to make this happen, Google is rolling out updates which make will broadcast messages easier.

The feature can be used whenever the user wants pass along a message to notify their friends or family. The basic requirement for the broadcast are two or more Google Home or Home minis on the same WiFi network.

For instance, just say, "OK Google, broadcast it's time for school!"

You can adjust your room thermostat on the go just by giving voice command like "Ok Google, Make my room warmer".

The new Broadcasts are available and rolling out on assistant phones and speakers from today, however it may take longer for these services to arrive, because of Google's slower time-frames. It's joining a bunch of other IoT platforms, such as Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, and IFTTT, so you have quite a few smart assistant options if you own one of these thermostats. After that, it'll play on every other speaker that's linked to the same Google account.

The next time you need to round up the family in the morning, just say "Ok Google, broadcast it's time for school!" and all your Google Home speakers will broadcast the message that it's time for school.

See Google's help center for more examples on how to use this feature.



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