Home Automation: Google Assistant, Amazon Cloud Cam Pick Up New Abilities

Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the US

We all forget something at some point, which is why the ability to set reminders on our smartphone is quintessential. The Google Home range of speakers was toted to make your domestic life easier, and it wouldn't be very good at it if it lacked the ability to remind you of stuff. Google Assistant will soon be rolling out a feature called Routines that will let you do just that.

Location-based reminders work with both Android and iOS devices. If you say, "remind me to grab some cereal from the grocery store", then you'll be notified when you get to a grocery store.

The new update allows users to ask Google to set reminders when they are at a certain location. That's in contrast to asking Siri to remind you, as it asks which Starbucks you want to be reminded at.

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Previously, users were only able to set location-based reminders on their phones and not on Google Home devices.

Similarly, depending on how you phrase the request, the Assistant doesn't always recognize the difference between a general reminder and a location-based one. For example, you could ask your Google Home to "Remind me to buy paper towels when I get to the grocery store", and it should pop up that notification on your smartphone when you get there. The feature is neat and might help you catch up on things that you've been putting off for weeks. Saying "Ok Google, remind me to check tire pressure at the gas station", by example, wasn't understood in terms of the gas station being a location. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the US, as first spotted by Android Police.

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