Google update allows Google Assistant to broadcast messages via Google Home speakers

Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant - Google Blog

Google Assistant support comes to ecobee smart home products, expanding ecobee's compatibility for smart home control through digital assistants to every voice platform available that can now control connected devices, including Amazon's Alexa Voice Service, and the Apple HomeKit.

What's new is "your Google Assistant is getting in on the game".

Google Assistant has received an update that allows users to broadcast their voice to any room in a house containing an Assistant-enabled smart speaker. A prized feature that many seem to have jumped at using, especially since you can do it from anywhere using your Alexa app as well.

Users in the United States can even change Google Assistants voice from female to male.

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The user must have Google Assistant on their phones and at least one Google Home device. In order to make this happen, Google is rolling out updates which make will broadcast messages easier.

Do you have to say "broadcast"?

To activate the feature, a user can say "OK Google, broadcast" followed by the desired announcement. To remind you, Google Assistant is a digital assistant from Google, like the Alexa from Amazon and Siri from Apple. Now the time has finally arrived when one can use this technology. For instance, if you tell Google Assistant "OK Google, broadcast it's dinner time", the Assistant will ring a virtual dinner bell on all of your Google Home units. Or, when you're leaving the office at the end of the day, you can speak to the Google Assistant in your phone to broadcast to speakers at home that you're on the way.

While that sounds a little weird, it'll definitely be a useful feature to many people. The feature is rolling out to Google Assistant-enabled smartphones and smart speakers set to the English language in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK. Since that time, the firm has expanded, not only making it available in more countries but also expanding its offerings with the Home Mini and Home Max.

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