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Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

14 November 2017

It's basically pushed a Google Assistant upgrade that lets you broadcast your voice to every Google Home speaker or Google Assistant-enabled device - using either another speaker or your smartphone.

One of the cooler features announced at this year's October 4th event was a broadcast feature that turned Google Home into an intercom-like system.

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The company says for everyday announcements like waking up, dinner or getting ready for bed, Assistant can send a playful message for you. There are special effects for some things - if you say "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time" a dinner bell will ring on all your Google Homes. Of course, you'll have to be signed into the same Google account in order for this cross-functionality to work. Do Not Disturb must be off, as well. Users can say "Ok Google, broadcast [x]" to either Assistant on their phone or another speaker and have that custom message parroted out. You don't even have to be home to broadcast; the feature will work from anywhere with a cell connection, which is a nice touch. Google Assistant will now amplify your voice across any room in your household (provided that room has a voice-activated speaker in it).

Do you have to say "broadcast"?

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The new feature starts rolling out today if you use English in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK.

While that sounds a little weird, it'll definitely be a useful feature to many people.

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Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant