Google Assistant Speakers Now Have A New Broadcast Messaging Feature

Nettie James
November 15, 2017

To get the broadcast feature to work, users will need 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 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.

Google Assistant powered speakers have a brand-new feature allowing users to broadcast messages to every speaker in the house.

Beginning on Tuesday, people will be able to broadcast their voice through Google Assistant on their smartphones or voice-activated Google Assistant-enabled speakers such as Google Home. The Google support page on the feature now states that you need Google Home devices with firmware 1.26.93937 or higher to use broadcasting.

"Now you don't have to wear out your voice shouting up the stairs". You can do this by opening the Google Home app tap Devices in the top-right corner tap the Menu icon for the Google Home device card Settings Do not disturb. You can broadcast custom messages, or have the Assistant announce automated "playful messages" and sounds.

It can be useful for the everyday routine of waking up on time or eating dinner.

No need to shout any more to gather your family around for dinner or movie because now, Google is making to easier to broadcast messages around the house. This means that one can send a message remotely and make sure that it is delivered to all the other devices.

On awakening the Google Assistant, you can ask it to send custom messages or pick one from the automated messages available in the software. All one needs to do is say "Ok Google, broadcast" followed by the message, which will then broadcast on Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home.

Recently, Google taught Assistant more than 50 new family-friendly games, stories, and activities.

Currently, the feature is only limited to English but support for more languages will come soon.

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