Google Home Speakers Now Act as Intercoms in Canada and Beyond

Google Home Speakers Now Act as Intercoms in Canada and Beyond

You can use Assistant on your smartphone to send messages to all Assistant-enabled speakers within your home, and with certain commands, like announcing it's time for dinner, the Assistant will ring a dinner bell on every speaker. From this point on, you can use it to broadcast messages throughout your house - stuff like "it's time for school" or "breakfast is ready", you get the gist.

Google says you can also use the feature to have Assistant broadcast to your speakers when you're not at home. And you don't have to be at home, either - you can tell the family you're on your way without having to make a phone call or send a text message.

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).

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A help article notes that all Google Home devices must be signed onto the same Wi-Fi network and Google account. You don't have to be near a Google Home speaker for this feature to work, either.

While that sounds a little weird, it'll definitely be a useful feature to many people.

This new broadcasting feature is rolling out today on Assistant on phones and speakers set to English in Canada, along with the U.S., Australia and the United Kingdom, with support for more languages "coming soon".