At the Google I/O 2018, the tech giant had announced new and interesting features for its Google Home speaker, out of which the multitasking feature has started rolling out to the users. As a part of this new functionality now users will be able to command Google Home speakers to carry out up to three tasks at once. For example, now users can give commands like “Ok Google, switch on the lights and play music and turn up the volume.”
Google from its official account tweeted about the feature although after some time the tweet was deleted indicating that the new feature might still be in the development stages. Another tweet by Google alluded to the fact that right now the feature might only be available in certain English speaking countries like Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. However, according to a TechCrunch report, Google has plans to extend the support for this feature to other languages as well.
Reportedly, the new feature works by combining voice queries with the word ‘and’ in between different requests. The users should give the commands in such a way that Google Assistant is able to respond on its own without asking a follow-up question, then only the feature will be able to perform without any obstruction. It is also noteworthy that this feature is different from Routines which that allows Google Home to perform multiple tasks by single voice command.
Another previous feature on Google Home had brought the ability to give two commands to the speaker in a single line. This new update pushes the number of commands which Google Home can take up to three. This is beneficial for connected households which might need to juggle more tasks on the speaker and thus save time. Google has started selling the Home Mini and Home speakers in India and these features will surely enhance the user experience.
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