Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Google Assistant's multistep smart home routines are now live

Google Assistant's multistep smart home routines are now live

Google has announced that it plans to make Google Home's "Routines" feature soon available to everyone. They let the users take various actions such as changing the thermostat, toggling lights, the help of only a single voice command.

Much like Scenes from Amazon or in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, Routines allows you to group a number of actions together, so you don't have to individually activate each of your smart home devices, ask for updates, and more.

As mentioned above the Google Assistant "Routines" is available for the United States consumers only at the moment there is no information when the feature will be available for more countries and when it will be rolled out for the Indian market.

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When this feature rolls out it will replace the "My Day" section in Google's Home app, adding additional phrases and controls. Based on users who have received Routines, it looks like "Good morning" is the only option available at the moment. The commuting routines can only be ingressed from one's phone, as one is likely to be on the go when making use of them. Routines are unique to each user's individual voice, so multiple members of a household can set up their own routines.

The report further suggests that the "Routines" will be made available on Google Home along with the smartphones and tablets that are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

Good Morning replaces My Day (which is still available in the United Kingdom and Australia) which gave you updates about weather, traffic, news, and your calendar. Then he can play news, music, radio, or catch up with an audiobook or podcast. Some smart home integrations are not yet available with routines, so although you'll be able to turn on lights and thermostats, Logitech accessories and others won't work yet.

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