Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Google Home can now handle up to three commands at once

Google Home Google Home can now handle up to three commands at once
Kayla Schwartz | 14 June, 2018, 10:15

Now, Google Home is getting even smarter about multitasking by enabling support three requests at once. Notably, the new feature is different from "Routines" that allows users to train Home to perform a longer set of actions based on their voice commands. I tested it with several commands for my smart home and I was able to get it to work for two lights (I don't have light groups), one light + one A/C unit, and one light + one scene (Harmony through SmartThings).

Multiple commands have been supported on Google Home speakers for a few months now but the support has been relatively limited. At the Google I/O 2018, the company had announced the multiple actions feature, but it has just started to roll out now. You can also ask two questions simultaneously.

Previously, asking to "turn off living room and bedroom" when referring to those home control groups simply didn't work.

Arab states attack Yemen port key to feeding 8.4 million starving people
Pro-government strikes began after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw by midnight (21:00 GMT on Tuesday). The past few weeks have been filled with frantic last-minute attempts to bring the rebels to the negotiating table - to no avail.

While peppering our sentences with multiple "ands" sounds a bit weird, it does bring us a step closer to natural language commands, which will make interacting with voice assistants more like conversing with humans.

Now, you can say "Hey Google, tell me about my day, remind me to call Maynard and dim the kitchen lights" all in one go, and the Google Assistant will do all of that for you. Rather, users needed to say something like "turn off living room and turn off bedroom" to accomplish that task.

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