Home automation has been garnering a lot of attention, thanks to both Amazon’s Alexa as well as Google’s array of ‘Home’ speakers, like the Google Home Mini we just reviewed a couple of days ago. With not much to differentiate between Amazon’s echo lineup and Google’s Home ecosystem, it all gets down to the ability of these smart speakers to perform selected tasks that the other one can’t. For example, Alexa is more developer friendly, meaning developers can integrate it with their products with ease whereas Google has its machine learning and knowledge graphs which steal the show.
To make sure they’re another step ahead of the competition from Amazon’s Alexa, Google is rolling out an update which will now enable your Google Home devices to recognize and understand up to three commands at once and be able to multitask, as Google calls it. This feature, however, is currently available only in English in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Apart from the ability to recognize multiple commands, Google Home devices can now execute multiple actions in the same command unlike before, where you would have to ask the Google Home twice to perform a similar task by using the conjunction ‘and’ in between your commands. For example, if you wanted your Google Home to turn on the lights in your living room as well as the bedroom, you would have to say “Turn on the lights in the living room and turn on the lights in the bedroom” which can now be replaced with “Turn on the lights in the living room and bedroom” which is pretty neat.
Both the features are expected to hit all Google Home devices, namely the Google Home Mini, Google Home and Google Home Max. With the use of home automation increasing by the day and manufacturers trying to make their products stand out from the rest of the competition, we might soon have a comprehensive smart device in every home that would probably even make you your favorite pizza maybe?