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Google Home Speakers Now Act as Intercoms in Canada and Beyond

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Google has announced its Assistant can now act as an intercom for your voice-connected speakers like Google Home:

Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. So when you need to round up the family in the morning, just say “Ok Google, broadcast it’s time for school!” and your message will broadcast to all Assistant enabled speakers in your home.

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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. Google gives the example of saying “Ok Google, broadcast it’s dinner time” and a dinner bell will sound on Google Home speakers, so you won’t have to “wear out your voice shouting up the stairs.”

Google says you can also use the feature to have Assistant broadcast to your speakers when you’re not at home. For example, if you’re leaving work, you can say “Ok Google, broadcast I’m on my way home!” from your smartphone, and the message will be sent to your Google Home speakers at home.

Google says you will require at least two or more Google Home devices (any combination of Google Home or Home Mini) on the same Wi-Fi network, do not disturb disabled, at least one member of the house signed into each of these Google Home devices and firmware version 1.26.93937 or higher.

This new broadcasting feature is rolling out today on Assistant on phones and speakers set to English in Canada, along with the U.S., Australia and the U.K., with support for more languages “coming soon.”

Let us know if you’re going to try this, or stick to text messaging your family for announcements (what a sad but convenient time we live in!).

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  • (what a sad but convenient time we live in!). ^^^^^

    I’ll wait for something comparable to the Dot to be released by Apple (who I know protect my privacy better than the other two).

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Didn’t work when I tried it. When I talked to one of their agents they said that not everyone is getting the feature today – despite what they announced.

  • KonstantinRD

    I have two of them on firmware 1.28.99956 and still says that it doesn’t know what i’m asking.. No broadcasting here 🙁

  • erth

    anyone know where the best deal is to buy the google home mini? online or stores?

  • Domino67

    Pfffft……Google do protect your privacy. You should read their privacy policy and not rely on some iFans talking points.

  • Keep wishing. Of course they don’t.

  • Domino67

    Really??? Where have they not kept your privacy?…..Me thinks you drink too much of the Kool-aid

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