Smart assistants make life easier through hands-free control of much of the home, but they can do so much more. Google Assistant has continued to add and expand functionality, and these new Google Assistant features are a perfect example.
A lot of people have a Google Assistant device in their home, but many of the best features are under-utilized or completely ignored–but these features can save you time, keep the kids entertained, and even surprise you with hidden easter eggs. In addition to using just about any
The Broadcast feature is one of the most powerful tools in the
There are a couple of ways to use this tool. The first is simple. Just speak to any
The newest feature includes a Family Broadcast, which lets you send messages specifically to your Family Group. This means that even those that are away from home can receive your broadcast on their mobile device and reply voice.
How often do you set reminders to take care of a specific task, or even to remind the rest of your family of something that needs to be done? The Family Bell feature will do exactly that–it will chime on every Assistant-enabled device in the home at the pre-set time and announce the reminder to everyone around.
Setting up a Family Bell is easy, too. Just open the Google Home app and tap your profile picture, then choose Assistant Settings. Scroll down and tap Family Bell. You then tap Add a bell and provide the announcement (to a maximum of 80 characters), the time it should trigger, what days it should repeat, and which
When the day is winding to a close and all the chores have been finished, what better way to spend time together than listening to a story? Harry Potter is still just as popular as ever, and you can now listen to even more stories about the Wizarding World through a new feature.
Just say, “Hey Google, tell me a Quidditch story” to hear more details about the fast-paced game of Quidditch. All stories are provided through Pottermore Publishing. More stories will arrive later in the year.
You can also learn about historical figures with the “Who Was?” series from Penguin Random House. Just say, “Hey Google, talk to Who Was Heroes” to hear stories and see details on your Nest smart display.
If trivia isn’t your thing, you can play games like Crystal Ball, Mad Libs, and more. Google can even tell you jokes or sing songs with you. Children can get personalized
Google tells everyone to try using a timer on Mother’s Day to see what happens.
For example, because the handwashing song was used so much during the pandemic, Google has created new songs to help kids spend the right amount of time on important tasks. Saying “Hey Google, sing the brush your teeth song” will ensure your kids stay at the sink and brush for the necessary amount of time.
“Hey Google, sing the go to sleep song” plays a little lullaby that can help your kids fall asleep.
All of these features combined can help cut down on the amount of stress throughout the day by reminding you of things you need to do, letting the family know when it’s time to come eat, and even getting the kids ready for bed.
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