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Google Home app is getting a facelift and some handy new features

Google Home app is getting a facelift and some handy new features

What's new is "your Google Assistant is getting in on the game". The search giant has announced a new broadcast feature for Google Assistant, which will allow you to relay messages across all your Google Home smart speakers. With the help of this update, one can use the Google Home devices as an intercom system. You don't even need to touch the device. At the time it was compatible with Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant wasn't available until just this week, so there was certainly a little bit of a wait for those who wanted ecobee's thermostats but already had Google Assistant-powered products with which they would hope to use.

The feature, which is rolling out to the US, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom presently, will work from anywhere with a cell connection, reports The Verge.

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The feature can be used whenever the user wants pass along a message to notify their friends or family.

Before you can start broadcasting voice messages, you need two or more Google Home devices (any combination of Google Home or Google Home Mini or Google Home Max).

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Do you have to say "broadcast"?

Everyday messages can also be broadcast, such as time for breakfast/lunch/dinner, time to leave, and the like, which will be accompanied by a sound. 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. The update is rolling out to users in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom with Homes set to English. Support for more languages will be coming soon, Google added. The company's mission is to create smarter devices that are beautifully designed, easy to use and provide savings for families, while being good for our planet - most recently realized with its next-generation smart thermostat, ecobee4.

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