Just in time for Thanksgiving Google is gearing its digital Assistant to communicate around the house with the new ability added to it on Monday, that enable of boradcasting voice from Google Assistant on a phone or voice-acitvated speakers.
Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. Just ensure to sign-in with the same Google Account across all your devices for Assistant to be able to broadcast across devices.
Now to round up the family, for example — in the morning, just say “Ok Google, broadcast it’s time for school!” and the message will broadcast to all Assistant enabled speakers in your home.
Or, say for dinnertime, just tell the Assistant to send a playful message by saying “Ok Google, broadcast it’s dinner time” — a dinner bell will then ring on all your Google Homes.
In an another example, Google says, while you are leaving the office, you can let your family know that 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.
Broadcasting on Google Assistant is rolling out today, to all English Assistant-enabled phones and speakers in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K..
More languages will be coming soon.
Google also rolling out a new interactive experience for people to explore making their travel efficient this Thanksgiving, that let you dig into the Turkey Day traffic and Google Maps search trends for your city.
The new interactive experience helping your to find the trending places over Thanksgiving, as well as tips for a traffic-free Turkey Day.
You can also now search for an open supermarket along your route to quickly pick it up without adding a long detour—you can even see an expected checkout time in the queue with the new “wait times” feature available on Google Maps for Android.
“Because many of us can’t or don’t take off extra days leading up to Thanksgiving, we looked at last year’s traffic trends the day before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after. As you might expect, Wednesday late afternoon is the busiest time to hit the road, but it’s pretty much smooth sailing the morning of Thanksgiving. So if you can wait until Turkey Day, you might be able to avoid the crowds on the road,” writes Google.