Google Home can now be used as an intercom with Broadcast feature

'Broadcast' feature to turn Google Home & Assistant into an intercom now rolling out

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. A lot of these were simply said to be "coming soon", but the new Broadcast feature that was announced is officially rolling out now. 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.

Do you have to say "broadcast"?

Rather than yelling or texting them, you can broadcast your voice through Google Home.

It is now rolling out as an update to US, Australia, Canada, and the UK. The latest feature to hit Google Assistant is broadcasting, which allows you to broadcast your voice from your phone to the Google Home devices around your house.

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Google has customized certain activities like waking up, dinner, and bedtime with a "playful message" and sound. 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.

Broadcasting is now rolling out to Google Assistant on phones and Google Home speakers set to English language in the US, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, with more languages coming soon, according to Google.

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.

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