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Google's Home app gets a refresh

Google's Home app gets a refresh

To make the feature work, users will need to sign in with the same Google Account for all devices.

As the competition in the smart home speaker market continues to heat up from established players Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., which is due to release its premium HomePod next month, Google needs to keep adding new features and devices to remain competitive.

As of yesterday, Google updated the Assistant on your Google Home speakers and phone with a feature that will let you broadcast to all other speakers in the house.

The latest update to the Google Assistant will allow users to relay messages from a smartphone to numerous Google Home speakers.

If you plan to use this new capability, you may want to make sure that you don't have Google Home units in both your office and your home. A prized feature that many seem to have jumped at using, especially since you can do it from anywhere using your Alexa app as well. That said the wait is now over and anyone who may have held off on a device like the Google Home or an ecobee thermostat can confidently purchase either or both knowing that they will work together. Today ecobee revealed that Google Assistant is rolling out to its current product portfolio, which means that support is launching on a grand total of three thermostats.

To broadcast from one Google Home device to others, you will need to have at least two devices, which can be a combination of Google Home and Google Home Mini. Basically, the formula here is to follow "OK Google, broadcast" with your message after. Now the time has finally arrived when one can use this technology.

Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. "You can also say "OK Google, broadcast 'it's dinner time" and your Google Home devices will ring a dinner bell.

"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", both gents conclude.

Your Google Home and Chromecast are all set up and ready to go.


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