Google Assistant Support Comes To ecobee Smart Home Products

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

For broadcasting to work, all devices have to be signed in to the same Google account. That's great news for anyone who was a bit disappointed to see the ecobee4 launch with Alexa support baked in but Google Assistant nowhere in sight. Using the ok Google command through their smartphones or Google Home speakers, users can raise the temperature, lower the temperature, and perform other tasks or requests, though ecobee doesn't explicitly mention all of the supported actions that can be initiated. This is a handy feature and allows you to let other family members know it's time for dinner, notify them that the laundry is done, or whatever message you need to pass along. The Google Assistant is the latest addition to ecobee's portfolio of platform integrations, which includes Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Wink and IFTTT.

One can use this feature on any of its AI-powered devices, be it a home appliance or a smartphone.

The initial rollout of the update has already begun, covering the regions of US, Australia, Canada and UK.


Google Home announced a refreshed app today with a new look and a few updates meant to make it easier to find shows, films, and music.

The feature can be used whenever the user wants pass along a message to notify their friends or family. You could also say "Ok Google, broadcast/shout/tell/announce..." then add your own message. Now the time has finally arrived when one can use this technology. Just say "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinnertime" and a dinner bell will ring on all your Google Homes, including the device you are broadcasting from. This works on both Google Home and Google Mini.

Broadcasting is now rolling out to Google Assistant on phones and Google Home speakers set to English language in the US, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, with more languages coming soon, according to Google.

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