Google has finally started rolling out a welcome feature to their Google Home speaker that will turn your $129 smart speaker into the equivalent of a $20 intercom.
Last month, Google announced that users with Google Assistant would be able to broadcast messages via Google Home devices, and now that time is here.
To inject some fun into these announcements (so you're not just giving orders all the live-long day), Assistant can also send "playful messages" for you. Here's everything you need to know about how the feature works. Rather than yelling or texting them, you can broadcast your voice through Google Home.
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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. You don't even have to be home to broadcast; the feature will work from anywhere with a cell connection, which is a nice touch.
Do you have to say "broadcast"?
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 United Kingdom, with support for more languages "coming soon".
See Google's help center for more examples on how to use this feature.