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Broadcast messages to all Google Assistant-enabled speakers at home
14 November 2017, 08:10 | Jodi Jackson
Google is finally giving you a good reason to buy more than one Google Home speaker
In what was a U.S. feature only Google is now letting Australian users of their new Google Voice product do a broadcast message. David Ho, president of Inventec Corp., the manufacturer of Apple's smart home speaker, spoke over the weekend about future smart home speakers incorporating facial and image recognition, though he didn't specifically mention the next HomePod.
Let us know if you're going to try this, or stick to text messaging your family for announcements (what a sad but convenient time we live in!).
All the Google Homedevices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network and be running firmware version 1.26.93937 or higher.
The user must have Google Assistant on their phones and at least one Google Homedevice.
For now, you can't specify which speaker you would want the broadcast to play from but parents should have less of a sore throat when telling the kids to come down for dinner. Make sure the box is not ticked. Of course, you'll have to be signed into the same Google account in order for this cross-functionality to work.
"Broadcasting starts rolling out today to the Assistant on phones and speakers set to English language in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, with more languages coming soon", both gents conclude.
Do you have to say "broadcast"?
Just use Google Assistant on your smartphone to send messages to a Google Assistant-enabled device.
For example, you can say "Ok, Google, broadcast it's time for dinner" to get everyone's attention that it's time to eat without having to holler up and down flights of stairs - something every parent has likely had to do once or twice.