Google Assistant support comes to ecobee smart home products, expanding ecobee's compatibility for smart home control through digital assistants to every voice platform available that can now control connected devices, including Amazon's Alexa Voice Service, and the Apple HomeKit.
As of yesterday, Google updated the Assistant on your Google Home speakers and phone with a feature that will let you broadcast to all other speakers in the house. Based on Google's wording, it only says that it'll broadcast to "all Assistant enabled speakers" and "Google Homes".
Unlike Amazon's family of Echo speakers, the broadcast feature is a one-way system, meaning it can't be used as a two-way home intercom. You don't even need to touch the device. Just use Google Assistant on your smartphone to send messages to a Google Assistant-enabled device. After one month following the revelation, the feature is finally showing up for all the Google Home users. This rollout is specific to countries like the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. The basic requirement for the broadcast are two or more Google Home or Home minis on the same WiFi network.
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"Now you don't have to wear out your voice shouting up the stairs".
Say it's time for the kids to get up for school or you're coming home from work and picking up dinner, you can tell the Google Home speaker or your handset, "Ok Google, broadcast it's time to get up for school", or "Ok Google, broadcast I'm on my way home from work and will be picking up dinner".
The message that you broadcast will play on all Google Home devices that are signed into the same Google Account. It's joining a bunch of other IoT platforms, such as Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, and IFTTT, so you have quite a few smart assistant options if you own one of these thermostats. The company's mission is to create smarter devices that are beautifully designed, easy to use and provide savings for families, while being good for our planet - most recently realized with its next-generation smart thermostat, ecobee4.