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Now, use Google Home speaker as home intercom

Now, use Google Home speaker as home intercom

"The addition of the Google Assistant - and with it, devices like Google Home - reflects our commitment to customer-led innovation and our expectation for continued growth of the voice-enabled smart home". Google Assistant support is also just the newest form of connected home control integration, as ecobee already has partnerships with other companies besides Amazon, Apple, and Google, such as SmartThings, IFTTT, and Wink.

Just like Alexa, you can trigger it from any speaker (ie, Google Home) in the home or from Google Assistant on your android phone (as long as all of your devices are signed into the same Google account). Using the ok Google command through their smartphones or Google Home speakers, users can raise the temperature, lower the temperature, and perform other tasks or requests, though ecobee doesn't explicitly mention all of the supported actions that can be initiated. From today these thermostats will go little more capable by moving with the support of Google Assistant.

One can use this feature on any of its AI-powered devices, be it a home appliance or a smartphone. The feature was announced during Google's hardware event last month, and now it's officially rolling out.

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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). Basically, the formula here is to follow "OK Google, broadcast" with your message after.

Say it's time for the kids to get up for school or you're coming home from work and picking up dinner, you can tell the Google Home speaker or your handset, "Ok Google, broadcast it's time to get up for school", or "Ok Google, broadcast I'm on my way home from work and will be picking up dinner". For example, if a user says "OK Google, broadcast it's dinner time" then a dinner bell will ring on all the voice activated speakers. This means that one can send a message remotely and make sure that it is delivered to all the other devices. For now, the update is rolling out to only the English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, while other language support will be coming soon according to Google.

Google's help centre has more information, here.


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