At the beginning of this month, Google made the announcement that the Home app will be receiving an update. This new style is intended to assist customers in customizing their connected devices, actions, and most importantly, automations so that they may easily handle their smart home.
The tech giant also announced that the new features, which would soon be available for public preview, will include the capability to initiate a Google Assistant routine by using an external device. However, this has already been made available to certain customers using the older Google Home device.
What Can You Do With Google Assistant?
The Google Assistant routine is a service that allows you to control smart devices such as lights, doorbells, switches, and other electronics based on certain commands that you have set up on the Google Home app. This service is offered by Google and is powered by the company’s virtual AI-powered assistant. The assistant takes into account various parameters to carry out tasks. These factors include Voice Instructions and Device Triggers.
We would further explain these factors in the subsequent paragraphs:
Voice Instructions And Device Triggers
According to Google, device triggers are a type of automation trigger that are connected to a particular device for specific purposes. For instance, you can program a voice-activated routine in which, if you say “Hey Google! Have a nice night!” All of the smart lights in your home will turn off automatically. Users also have the ability to tailor their routines to specific time of the day. You could, for instance, program your lights in the garden area to come on at exactly 7 o’clock every evening after work for the day.
Google Assistant Routines
The Google Home app also supports these types of triggers, Voice-activated and Time-based, for some time now. However, there is a third type that allows you to include a specific action on any smart device to activate a command and can be used across all smart devices.
For instance, when someone pushes your Nest doorbell, you can program your Nest cam to begin broadcasting live footage to your phone and the light outside your main entrance can be programmed to turn on immediately. When you do it this way, you won’t have to reach for the door to open it before you know who is there.
This functionality will be included as part of the revamp of the Google Home app, and it is anticipated to be ready for public preview soon. Moreover, certain customers are already getting the same feature on the older app although there is a lack of transparency regarding the extent to which users have access to this service.