3 Ways Google Home Helps You Do More in Less Time
Smart devices including Google Home are designed to make our lives easier and help us be more efficient. Google Home has rolled out 3 important updates to help you accomplish more tasks in less time.
1. Broadcast Your Voice
Shouting throughout your house to speak with a family member in a different room can be bothersome.
Google Home is introducing a better way to call out to family members through its update called “Broadcast”. You can use Google Home to broadcast your voice throughout your home to eliminate the need to shout.
Simply say, “Ok Google, broadcast:” followed by your message and it will be broadcasted to all Google Assistant enabled speakers in your home.
This is a great feature because it is quick and convenient – you don’t even need to touch your phone!
You can also broadcast your voice from one Google Home device to another. To get started ensure that all Google Home devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, at least one member of the household has signed into the Google Home app on each of the Google Home devices and turn off the “Disturb Not Disturb” function.
Broadcast also allows you to broadcast your voice from your smartphone to a Google Home device. To get started ensure that your smartphone meets the Google Assistant requirements, the same Google Account is signed in on both the smartphone and the Google Home device and that the “Do Not Disturb” function is off.
2. Voice Match
Google Home supports multiple users – up to six family members can now connect to one Google Home device.
What if you say, “Ok Google, good morning”, will it be able to give your daily briefing and not the daily briefing for your husband or your daughter?
Google Home can distinguish your voice from other family members. It’ll only provide your own commute time, your own appointments, your own playlist and your own personal contacts (in case you want to use the hands-free calling feature).
How to Use the Voice Match Feature
To use the voice match feature, follow these steps:
- Install the latest Google Home app.
- In the app, look for “multi-user is available” card. If you’re unable to see the card, click on the icon located in the top right corner to view all connected devices.
- Once you’ve located Google Home in the list of connected devices, choose “Link your account”. From here, you can teach Google Assistant – the AI behind Google Home – to distinguish who’s speaking.
How Voice Match Works
To interact with Google Home, you need to say one of these phrases “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”.
According to Yury Pinsky, Product Manager of Google Assistant, once either “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” is uttered, certain characteristics of the person’s voice is then analyzed by the AI.
Every time you say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” to your Google Home, the AI will match your voice with its earlier voice analysis in order to determine who’s speaking. This matching process, according to Pinsky, happens in a matter of milliseconds.
3. Hands-Free Calling
Hands-free calling is another feature of Google Home that allows you to do more in less time.
Whether you’re in the kitchen preparing for dinner or in your room putting things back in order, you can now place calls by using just your voice via Google Home.
This functionality is only available in Canada and the U.S. It’s also completely free as long as your call recipient is in Canada or in the U.S.
Calling your Mom to wish her a happy birthday or simply ordering a Pizza is just an “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” away.
Up to six members of your household can connect to Google Home and connect their personal contacts. This device can distinguish your voice from your husband and your children. Therefore if you want to call your Mom, it will call only your Mom and not your husband’s Mom.
Broadcast, Voice Match and Hands-Free Calling are just three features of Google Home that’ll help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.
With Google Home, you can also control your other smart home devices with your voice. Google Home can be connected to smart products such as Nest, Philips Hue, Wemo, TP-Link, SmartThings, IFTTT, LIFX, Legrand, Lutron, Awair, D-Link, Deako, Emberlight, Hive, iDevices, iHome, Leviton, Nanoleaf and many more.
Using only your voice through Google Home, you can control your C by GE lights, find the perfect temperature of your Nest Thermostat, control your Whirlpool microwave and oven, control your LG washer, dryer and refrigerator and keep an eye on your home via Nest indoor and outdoor cameras.
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