Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Google Home can now handle three queries at once

GoogleHome This would expand Home's earlier multitasking feature which could handle two things at once
Terence Owen | 14 June, 2018, 10:16

Previously, Google Home speakers could perform two commands at the same time. Now, Google Home devices are getting even smarter with improved support for multiple queries.

This feature is now only available in English in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Today, that functionality is starting to go live.

With little fanfare, Google has bumped the number of simultaneous queries and actions its Home smart speakers can handle at once. At the Google I/O 2018, the company had announced the multiple actions feature, but it has just started to roll out now. If you wanted Google to tell you the weather in Boston, London, and Sydney, you'd have to issue three separate commands.

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I am not sure how long this has been live as Google didn't announce it and we haven't been testing it, but I think it's relatively new as the support page still says this won't work.

While peppering our sentences with multiple "ands" sounds a bit weird, it does bring us a step closer to natural language commands, which will make interacting with voice assistants more like conversing with humans. Citing the example above, simply saying "turn off living room and bedroom" should work now with the desired result.

For instance, suppose you want to turn on your TV and light, then all you need to say "turn on my living room TV and light". Others needed to update their Google Home firmware.

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