You Can Now Use Google Home as an Intercom

Olive Hawkins
November 14, 2017

The message will be broadcast by all the Assistant-enabled speakers in your home.

Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. So, if you need to round up the family or your co-workers in the morning, all you have to do is say "OK Google, broadcast it's time for school" or "OK Google, broadcast it's time for a meeting". Will you be using this feature? Users can say "Ok Google, broadcast [x]" to either Assistant on their phone or another speaker and have that custom message parroted out.

The intercom feature works on all devices signed into the same Google account.

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For certain everyday things like waking up, dinnertime or settling down for bed, the Assistant can also send a playful message on your behalf. For instance, "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time" will play a virtual dinner bell through your network of speakers, including the one used to send that message. You can even do this from outside the house; you don't need to be at home to make your voice heard throughout the house.

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

The new feature starts rolling out today if you use English in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK.

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