Google Home Speakers Now Act as Intercoms in Canada and Beyond

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

Google is finally giving you a good reason to buy more than one Google Home speaker

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".

It's basically pushed a Google Assistant upgrade that lets you broadcast your voice to every Google Home speaker or Google Assistant-enabled device - using either another speaker or your smartphone.

When Google Inc. introduced its Mini and Max Home speakers last month, it also introduced new Google Assistant features that would roll out over the next few months.

A little over a year ago, Google launched its sole smart speaker to market. Consumers can alert the whole house when dinner is ready or when movie night is about to start.

Starting Tuesday, people can broadcast their voice from Google Assistant on smartphones or voice-activated speakers like Google Home.

Note that Google doesn't give you a way to specify which speaker the sound plays to, so if you use the feature, the message will send to all of the speakers you have set up with your account.

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. To ensure that broadcasting works across all your devices, make sure you're signed in with the same Google Account.

No. You can also say "shout", "tell everyone", or "announce".

See Google's help center for more examples on how to use this feature.

Currently, the broadcast feature is only available in English and is expected to come in more languages soon.

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