Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Google Assistant Speakers Now Have A New Broadcast Messaging Feature

Google Assistant Speakers Now Have A New Broadcast Messaging Feature

Rather than yelling or texting them, you can broadcast your voice through Google Home.

Google introduced a new feature for Google Assistant that allows you to remotely "broadcast" messages between your phone and a Google Home speaker, or between multiple speakers in the same house.

Google Assistant is getting a new feature that will probably make moms and housewives all around the world very happy.

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.

A little over a year ago, Google launched its sole smart speaker to market. To use this new feature, users will need to say the usual, "Ok Google" but follow up with "broadcast." along with one of the close to thirty supported phrases.

The message that you broadcast will play on all Google Home devices on the same Wi-Fi network and signed into the same Google Account (s) as the originating device. Google gives the example of saying "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time" and a dinner bell will sound on Google Home speakers, so you won't have to "wear out your voice shouting up the stairs".

However, it must be noted that the Google Assistant used in all the devices is linked to the same account. So 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 Assistant enabled speakers in your home.

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.

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