November 17, 2017

Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

14 November 2017, 01:13 | Edward Lowe

Google Assistant can now broadcast messages through your Google Home devices

'Broadcast' feature to turn Google Home & Assistant into an intercom now rolling out

Of course, this only works if you have a few devices strewn around your home. The message will be broadcast by all the Assistant-enabled speakers in your home.

This useful feature is rolling today to the Assistant on phones and speakers set to the English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. More languages are coming soon. From this point on, you can use it to broadcast messages throughout your house - stuff like "it's time for school" or "breakfast is ready", you get the gist. It'll even ring a dinner bell if you say "it's dinner time".

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Before you can start broadcasting voice messages, you need two or more Google Home devices (any combination of Google Home or Google Home Mini or Google Home Max). Users can say "Ok Google, broadcast [x]" to either Assistant on their phone or another speaker and have that custom message parroted out.

Let us know if you're going to try this, or stick to text messaging your family for announcements (what a sad but convenient time we live in!).

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Good news for those with a Google Home device and a big house: you can now use the smart speaker as an intercom.

Do you have to say "broadcast"?

Now you don't have to wear out your voice shouting up the stairs.

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Where is this feature available?

You can use it today if you're in a predominantly English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the US), but more languages are coming soon.

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