01 December 2017
Google added a rounded cards UI to Assistant on Android yesterday days after expanding its music recognition feature to other devices. A month after the integration of WaveNet to make the digital assistant sound more realistic, Google Assistant gets a new update that allows to users to make the most out of the Google Home speakers.
With the latest update, Google Assistant can be used to broadcast voice messages from one user to Google Home speakers spread across a house. Users would not only be able to trigger broadcasts when talking to a speaker but also when using the broadcast command through Google Assistant on any phone.
All the devices don’t even need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for broadcasting a message. This means the feature can be made use of even remotely without you actually being at home so you can send a message saying you’re about to leave your workplace or tell them to ping if they need anything from the grocery store.
Users can send custom voice texts as well as let Assistant put its own voice to your automated messages, which is for you to decide. In case you want the kids ready for school, you just have to say “Ok Google, broadcast it’s time for school” or call the family out to be ready for dinner by saying “Ok Google, it’s dinner time”. The latest feature differs from Alexa’s intercom system as Google Assistant only makes room for one-way broadcast communication through Google Home devices, which sounds quite limited, to begin with. Who knows, maybe that’s how the Mountain View giant wants to sell the newest addition.