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Google Assistant Gets Family-Oriented Features

Google Assistant users on Smart Displays and smart speakers can now tap into an array of new family-focused tools.


While Microsoft’s virtual assistant and smart home products have fallen by the wayside, Google Assistant remains ever popular. Increasingly used on smart home devices as well as smartphones, Google is consistently making the assistant more powerful.

In the latest update for Google Assistant, the company says some new Holiday tools are arriving for families.

First up is Family Notes, which is available for Smart Displays. Google Assistant will make it easier to keep users connected by making it more efficient to tap into entertainment and schedules. Available now, Family Notes allow sticky notes to be created through voice commands.

These notes can help users stay on track and leave reminders for themselves.

More New Features

Next on the list of new tools is Family Bell. Another feature that focuses on daily organization, Family Bell is essentially new sound effects for Google Assistant that will sound on smart speakers and Smart Displays. Families can hear reminders for schedules tasks by creating their own bells.

With Family Activities, Google Assistant helps users to come together to complete tasks together. For example, learning from Google search results, which appear on Smart Displays. For example, “Hey Google, tell me about ……” or “Google, let me know about my family.”

For parents, the most important feature is probably Family Tracking. As the name suggests, Google Assistant can update users on their family’s whereabouts. Up to 13 family members ca be tracked at one time through Google Maps.

Google likes to roll out Assistant features around the Holiday season and this year is a bumper update. There are a few more features besides the ones listed above, so head to the source below for all the details, including how to use the new tools.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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