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Google Assistant Can Now Act as an Intercom


Delivering on its promise to come out with an update to allow users to use Google’s Home speakers as an intercom system in their homes, Google, on Monday, rolled out an update that will allow users to do just that – use their Home speakers as an intercom system.

Beginning on Tuesday, people will be able to broadcast their voice through Google Assistant on their smartphones or voice-activated Google Assistant-enabled speakers such as Google Home. The voice message will then be sent to all Google Assistant-enabled speakers in the house that are associated with the user.

Tallking about the new update in a blog post, Alex Duong, Product Manager at Google Home and Nam Do, Software Engineer at Google Assistant said: “For certain everyday things like waking up, dinnertime or settling down for bed, the Assistant can also send a playful message on your behalf. Just say “Ok Google, broadcast it’s dinner time” and a dinner bell will ring on all your Google Homes. Now you don’t have to wear out your voice shouting up the stairs.

And if you’re just leaving the office, you can let your family know you’re coming with a simple “Ok Google, broadcast I’m on my way home!” to the Assistant on your phone, and it will broadcast to your Google Homes. To ensure that broadcasting works across all your devices, make sure you’re signed in with the same Google Account. See our help center to learn more.

Broadcasting starts rolling out today to the Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K., with more languages coming soon.”

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