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Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

All Assistant phones and speakers will need to be signed into the same account in order for this to work. Google hasn't pushed out that feature to their Home units yet, until now.

Family members can now broadcast to Google Home speakers using Google Assistant.

To send a message, simply say "OK Google, broadcast", followed by whatever you want to say, to a Google Assistant-enabled device, such as Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max. A prized feature that many seem to have jumped at using, especially since you can do it from anywhere using your Alexa app as well. "And now, your Google Assistant is getting in on the game", Google writes. That said the wait is now over and anyone who may have held off on a device like the Google Home or an ecobee thermostat can confidently purchase either or both knowing that they will work together.

It is now rolling out as an update to US, Australia, Canada, and the UK.

"Now you don't have to wear out your voice shouting up the stairs".

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Things such as dinner time, waking up, or going to bed can all be addressed via these new speakers. You can broadcast custom messages, or have the Assistant announce automated "playful messages" and sounds. For example, if a user says "OK Google, broadcast it's dinner time" then a dinner bell will ring on all the voice activated speakers. 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.

Google even built in a couple of fun (but useful) features to this effect.

Google Home is a blessing in disguise.

According to the company, broadcast support is now available for the English-language users in US, Australia, Canada and the UK.


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