Google Home Speakers Now Act as Intercoms in Canada and Beyond

'Broadcast' feature to turn Google Home & Assistant into an intercom now rolling out

Broadcast sends your voice to all other Assistant-enabled speakers in your home.

To inject some fun into these announcements (so you're not just giving orders all the live-long day), Assistant can also send "playful messages" for you.

Google Assistant powered speakers have a brand-new feature allowing users to broadcast messages to every speaker in the house. 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". Today, that feature is finally rolling out to Assistant devices, including phones and speakers. Of course, you'll have to be signed into the same Google account in order for this cross-functionality to work. Meanwhile, devices should be updated to version 1.26.9393 and have Do Not Disturb off. Google does note that anyone, not just Voice Match users, can broadcast a message.

For now, you can't specify which speaker you would want the broadcast to play from but parents should have less of a sore throat when telling the kids to come down for dinner. For example, if you say, "OK Google, broadcast it's dinner time", a dinner bell will begin to chime across all your Google Home devices.

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Where is this feature available?

"And if you're just leaving the office, you can let your family know you're coming with a simple 'Ok Google, broadcast I'm on my way home!' to the Assistant on your phone, and it will broadcast to your Google Homes", the blog read.

Google's help centre has more information, here.

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