Google Home speaker now works as home intercom

'Broadcast' feature to turn Google Home & Assistant into an intercom now rolling out

Google is finally giving you a good reason to buy more than one Google Home speaker

"When you need to round up the family in the morning, just say 'Ok Google, broadcast it's time for school!' and your message will broadcast to all Google Assistant-enabled speakers in your home", Alex Duong, Product Manager, Google Home, said in a blog post.

You can now use your Google Home devices as an intercom system. Meanwhile, devices should be updated to version 1.26.9393 and have Do Not Disturb off. Google does note that anyone, not just Voice Match users, can broadcast a message. This may prove to be a bit hard if it's a smartphone, but at least with Google Home speakers, you can guarantee that. All these Google Home devices have to be on the same Wi-Fi network, and at least one member of your household has to sign into their Goole account on each of the Google Home devices.

The message that you broadcast will play on all Google Home devices that are signed into the same Google Account. Rather than yelling or texting them, you can broadcast your voice through Google Home.

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A little over a year ago, Google launched its sole smart speaker to market.

Using the steps above, you can broadcast a custom message, either when you are in the house to other rooms or from your smartphone when you are on your way home.

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

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You can even set the device to be used as an alarm.

See Google's help center for more examples on how to use this feature.

As it stands, broadcasting is available to Assistant on phones and speakers with English language settings in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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