Ecobee Announces Integration with the Google Assistant

Google Home broadcast turns the Assistant into a PA

Of course, this only works if you have a few devices strewn around your home. Google Assistant support is also just the newest form of connected home control integration, as ecobee already has partnerships with other companies besides Amazon, Apple, and Google, such as SmartThings, IFTTT, and Wink. Google Assistant users will now be able to say, "Ok Google, make my home warmer", among other commands, to activate their ecobee3 lite, ecobee3 and ecobee4 smart thermostats. Here's everything you need to know about how the feature works.

In related news, Google had recently added support for Spanish and Italian languages in Google Assistant as well as introduced the ability to cast movies and TV shows via Google Home.

The user must have Google Assistant on their phones and at least one Google Home device. This rollout is specific to countries like the US, UK, Australia, and Canada.

It can be useful for the everyday routine of waking up on time or eating dinner. It'll even ring a dinner bell if you say "OK Google, broadcast it's dinner time".

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Known as broadcasting, it saves you from having to shout call your family for dinner or let the kids know they're about to be late for school. Subsequently, every speaker synced to the user's account will broadcast the message. This means that one can send a message remotely and make sure that it is delivered to all the other devices. Or, when you're leaving the office at the end of the day, you can speak to the Google Assistant in your phone to broadcast to speakers at home that you're on the way.

Google's help centre has more information, here.

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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