Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

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Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

Good news for those with a Google Home device and a big house: you can now use the smart speaker as an intercom.

Google has updated its Google Home speaker lineup so that you can easily send a message to everyone in your home or office. For example, if you're leaving work, you can say "Ok Google, broadcast I'm on my way home!" from your smartphone, and the message will be sent to your Google Home speakers at home.

If you have Google Assistant on your phone, you can now shout out a message to all your Google Home speakers, allowing families to get their kids out of bed or remind granny to pick up the phone.

Before you can start broadcasting voice messages, you need two or more Google Home devices (any combination of Google Home or Google Home Mini or Google Home Max).

A help article notes that all Google Home devices must be signed onto the same Wi-Fi network and Google account.

Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. You don't even have to be home to broadcast; the feature will work from anywhere with a cell connection, which is a nice touch. And now, your Google Assistant is getting in on the game.

Where is this feature available?

Broadcasting starts rolling out today to the Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, with more languages coming soon.

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