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Google Home trick lets you 'broadcast' messages from your phone

Google Home trick lets you 'broadcast' messages from your phone

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".

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).

Google introduced a new feature for Google Assistant that allows you to remotely "broadcast" messages between your phone and a Google Home speaker, or between multiple speakers in the same house.

The user must have Google Assistant on their phones and at least one Google Home device. Google has already released some phrases that can trigger specific sounds like saying dinner is ready will trigger a dinner bell sound through your smart speakers.

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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. You can even do this from outside the house; you don't need to be at home to make your voice heard throughout the house. For example, if you're leaving work, you can say "Ok Google, broadcast I'm on my way home!" from your smartphone, and the message will be sent to your Google Home speakers at home. The iPhone X, Apple's most recent flagship, includes Face ID, a feature that is expected to be incorporated into all of the company's 2018 iPhones.

All the Google Home devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network and be running firmware version 1.26.93937 or higher.

Broadcast is available for users in the USA, U.K., Canada, and Australia.


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