Google Home and the Google Assistant together already helps you get more done now adds new media capabilities just ahead of the Apples’ HomePod arriving on Feburary 9.
In today’s update, with Google Home, Google Home Max or any other smart speakers, the Assistant wake you up, helps you find find a Netflix show and listen to a favorite playlist of songs. All you have to say “Hey Google, set an alarm for 6 AM that plays [insert favorite musician]” to the Assistant on Google Home or other Assistant-enabled speakers to set an alarm, so you can wake up to a favorite song or playlist or radio station.
The everyday capabilities already available to Assistant, like call your mom, turn on compatible living room lights, plan your day and even show your photos from the holidays.
(for some content, you might need a subscription).
Another capability added to help you find music and TV shows you are currently into…by just saying “Hey Google, what channel airs The Flash” or “Hey Google, when does The Flash air next.”
Additionally, the Assistant also now let you set a reminder for a favorite show…Just say “Hey Google, remind me to watch Riverdale every Wednesday at 8 PM,” says Google. And, when the show time approaches you can tune in easily with voice casting and YouTube TV…Just say “Hey Google, watch Riverdale.”
The Google Assistant can control TV programming as well, as if you now link your Netflix account to Google Home app or via Assistant on phone, you can “cast” Netflix content…just say, “Hey Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix” and the Assistant will pick up that right where you last left off. Google emphasizes that its all due to voice match on the Assistant.
Google Play Music user can also now simply ask the Assistant to launch their favorite artist, song or album and singing along to the beat.
These updates are seeing as part of Google’s ongoing race with Apples’ HomePod and Amazon Alexa, which announced it can send texts to Android phones.
HomePod which is sceduled for a Feb 9 release wiil deliver stunning audio wherever it’s placed and can be controlled by voice and works together with an Apple Music subscription.
Siri, which is actively active on over half a billion devices, now with HomePod can send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, and even control a wide range of HomeKit smart home accessories.
Here is an internal diagram of Apples’ HomePod: