Google Assistant’s New Features Make Home Hub Even Better

Isaac Cain
December 2, 2018

That's been around a while, but they've added a new story line (and visuals, if you have an Assistant device with a display).

Google Home Hub and other Assistant devices with display now also allow you to chat with guests or strangers at your home's door if you have Nest Doorbell installed. Google Assistant will now respond more politely and delightfully if you add "Thank You" and "Please" while talking to it. All of it makes Google's Assistant more useful and the rivalry with Amazon's Alexa that much more interesting. Whenever the users will say something nice like "please" or "thank you" to Google Assistant, it will reward them with delightful responses.

Another feature includes a recently launched Google Broadcast feature, which lets you make a recording of your voice and send it to a Google speaker or display. Just say "Hey Google, call Santa" and sit back as the fun begins.

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Alongside that, Google's rolled out a couple of other features. The feature was first announced at Google's I/O developers conference in May and it's rolling out in time for the holidays. We now offer over 50 titles, including "Beauty and the Beast", "Cinderella" and Dora the Explorer's "Dora's Super Sleepover".

Aside from the politeness feature, Google is working to add support for Google Keep. You can ask Assistant to read you a story, including holiday classics like Disney's "Mickey's Christmas Carol" and more. You just need to say "Hey Google, tell me a story about Christmas" or "Hey Google, tell me a winter story" to experience the new addition.

- Broadcast Replies: When you're out grabbing groceries to prepare for your holiday feast, the Google Assistant can help you easily connect with family at home by using broadcast to check if anything else needs to be picked up. When someone hits you up on the ol' doorbell, just tap the "Talk" button on your smart display to find out exactly what they want. Within a week, users will be able to efficiently manage different lists on a centralized place using Google Assistant. Children can now play an interactive Christmas-themed game, as well as take advantage of a special set of Google Home sound effects and music.

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