Thursday, 23 November, 2017

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

'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
Terence Owen | 14 November, 2017, 08:10

As mentioned, Google had announced in October that users with Google Assistant will soon broadcast messages via Google Home devices - while launching the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max alongside, giving users more Google-branded smart speaker options to populate their house with.

Let us know if you're going to try this, or stick to text messaging your family for announcements (what a sad but convenient time we live in!).

Google's help centre has more information, here.

The user must have Google Assistant on their phones and at least one Google Home device.

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Of course, this will only work if all your devices are signed into the same Google Account.

Android: Android 6.0 or higher; Google app 6.13 or higher; Google Play services; 1.5 GB of memory and 720p screen resolution; and the phone's language set to English. You will also need to be signed into the same Google Account on your smartphone and on the Google Home device (s). 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".

You might have had a home intercom system if you grew up between the 70s and 80s, and that's exactly the kind of functionality Broadcast offers.

It can be useful for the everyday routine of waking up on time or eating dinner. You can say, "Okay Google, broadcast dinner is ready", for example, to make a "dinner bell" sound through your Google Home. The broadcast message is already rolling out in the US, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, so support is only for English for now.

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