Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

Mindy Sparks
November 14, 2017

Google on Monday announced that you can now broadcast your voice to the smart speaker via its virtual Assistant.

Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. Here's everything you need to know about how the feature works. 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. Google has begun rolling out an update that will allow you to use your Home devices as an intercom system within your apartment or house (or office, if you hate your co-workers). 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".

You can create such a broadcast message from any device with Assistant - say your phone or a Google Home device. Just use Google Assistant on your smartphone to send messages to a Google Assistant-enabled device.

No. You can also say "shout", "tell everyone", or "announce".

Broadcasting starts rolling out today to the Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, with more languages coming soon.

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