Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Now, use Google Home speaker as home intercom

Now, use Google Home speaker as home intercom

Google has finally started rolling out a welcome feature to their Google Home speaker that will turn your $129 smart speaker into the equivalent of a $20 intercom.

Starting today, Google's dynamic duo tell us that "you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home".

"And if you're just leaving the office, you can let your family know 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".

The update is said to be in the process of rolling out, will allow you to use Google Home as an intercom system to relay messages even when you are not near the speaker.

Google's help centre has more information, here. This will transmit the message to the user on their Google Home.

To get the feature work, sign in with the same Google Account for all devices. The broadcasting feature will be soon released in Google Assistants of both Google Home and the phone.

You will need to be running Google Home device firmware version 1.26.93937 or higher and have "Do Not Disturb" mode disabled. To ensure that broadcasting works across all your devices, make sure you're signed in with the same Google Account.

Do you have to say "broadcast"?

Everyday messages can also be broadcast, such as time for breakfast/lunch/dinner, time to leave, and the like, which will be accompanied by a sound. For instance, "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time" will play a virtual dinner bell through your network of speakers, including the one used to send that message.

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