- November 6, 2018
- Posted by: vmayo
- Category: Uncategorized
Google rolling out a Broadcast Feature in Google Assistant
Google wants Assistant to get more involved in your household. The company has been aimed to get Google Assistant to do more so that most of your work gets done with simple voice commands. To that end, Google rolled out a Broadcast feature that quite literally lets you broadcast your voice through an Assistant-enabled phone or smart speaker.
Users were able to broadcast every message
The search giant announced the feature in a blog post, explaining that users will be able to broadcast everyday messages like waking up, calling for dinnertime, and other announcements to notify family or friends with the help of Google Assistant. All one needs to do is say “Ok Google, broadcast” followed by the message, which will then broadcast on Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home. Think of it as your personal smart PA megaphone.
For certain everyday things like waking up, dinnertime or settling down for bed, the Google Assistant also sent 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. And you don’t have to wear out your voice shouting up the stairs.
Just Say “OK Google” and Broadcast
The feature could be used whenever the user wants to pass along a message to notify their friends or family. Say, for example, you’re leaving the office for home and want to notify your spouse. All you need to do is say, “Ok Google, broadcast I’m on my way home!” to your Google Assistant on your phone and the message will be announced via your Google Home or phone at home if they’re signed in using the same Google account.
Broadcast is currently rolling out to Assistant-enabled devices in the English language in the US, Australia, Canada, and UK. Google adds that the feature will roll out to other languages soon. Separately, the company could also be bringing Assistant support to tablets as per the latest beta version of the Google app, which has been expected as it aims to expand Assistant’s reach.
Google with new Update for Assistant
Earlier this month, Google rolled out an update for Assistant that now allows it to identify songs playing around you. All users need to do is launch Assistant and ask “what song is this?” and Assistant will try to identify it. When this feature was launched, The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL came with a Now Playing feature that continually listens for songs playing in your background and displays it on the lock screen. But with Google Assistant now able to identify songs, all Android users will be able to ask Assistant to identify songs on demand.
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