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


Google Assistant will now amplify your voice across any room in your household (provided that room has a voice-activated speaker in it).

One of the cooler features announced at this year's October 4th event was a broadcast feature that turned Google Home into an intercom-like system.

The new Broadcasts are available and rolling out on assistant phones and speakers from today, however it may take longer for these services to arrive, because of Google's slower time-frames. So even though Google Assistant can't exactly make you omniscient, it's doing what it can to make your omnipresent. Consumers can alert the whole house when dinner is ready or when movie night is about to start. 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. So, if you need to round up the family or your co-workers in the morning, all you have to do is say "OK Google, broadcast it's time for school" or "OK Google, broadcast it's time for a meeting". Of course, this only works if you have a few devices strewn around your home.

Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad is getting her own hijab-wearing Barbie
Meanwhile, 31-year-old Muhammad described the doll created in her image as a "childhood dream come true". There is now a line of dolls with careers such as veterinarian, pilot, firefighter, and business woman.

Just use Google Assistant on your smartphone to send messages to a Google Assistant-enabled device.

"And if you're just leaving the office, you can let your family know you're coming with a simple "Ok Google, broadcast I'm on my way home!" to the Assistant on your phone, and it will broadcast to your Google Homes".

It's rolling out today to devices that are set to U.S., Australia, Canada and U.K. English, with further language support coming soon.