Last month, Google announced a number of updates that it’s bringing to Google Assistant. Many of the updates were targeted at its lineup of Google Home smart speakers. Today, the company announced through its Twitter page that it’s added one of the new functions to Google Home.
Users are now able to set location-based reminders through their Google Home speakers. You can now say something like “Hey Google, set a reminder to pick up more coffee at the grocery store,” and your Home speaker will prompt you when you reach the location, through the Google Assistant on your phone. The function was already available for mobile devices, but has now been extended to home products.
Yup, we’ve all been there. Try saying, “Hey Google, set a reminder to pick up more coffee at the grocery store” and your Google Assistant will remind you on your phone. pic.twitter.com/IkLjV4I2zd
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) March 14, 2018
Additionally, Google has now enabled Routines, a feature which will let Assistant carry out a string of operations with just one command. “Hey Google, I’m home.” will now prompt Assistant to turn on the lights, adjust the temperature, and share your reminders. That’s just an example of the functionality that Google is bringing with this update, although the initial rollout is limited. For example, there are currently only six commands that will work with Routines:
- Good Morning
- Leaving home
- I’m home
- Commuting to work
- Commuting home
While all the commands work for most Google Assistant-enabled hardware, only the latter two are available for smartphones. It’s a little disappointing, but Google will likely expand this functionality in the future.
These are just some of many updates that are expected for Google Assistant. The company has stated that it plans to extend language support for Assistant to more than 30 different languages by the end of the year, up from the current eight. This includes multilingual support for families that speak more than one language. In addition, Google is working with both OEMs and carriers to bolster deeper integration of Assistant within smartphones and networks.