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Google Home gets music-powered alarms and voice support for Netflix and YouTube TV

Google Assistant on Home smart speakers now supports music-powered alarms and Netflix voice controls

  • Published: February 2, 2018 2:12 PM IST
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Google is engaged in a battle with Amazon in a race for the best smart speaker in the market. While Amazon currently leads with around 70 percent market share in the US market, Google is fast catching up with more Google Home sold during the holiday season than ever before.

In order to enhance the user experience on Google Home, the search giant has been tweaking its smart speakers with new features like better search, updated Home app interface and even enabled intercom feature recently. The The Home can already supports up to six voice profiles and Google recently added support to match your voice to your own Netflix profile.

With its voice recognition system getting advanced with every new update, Google has now updated its Home smart speakers to add a voice-powered alarm function. The update is also meant to make it easier to find shows and music with their Home devices.

If Google Home users link their Netflix account with Google Home, they can tell the Assistant to watch any of the streaming platform’s shows by using a voice command. Home will also answer any questions users might have about when a certain show goes live on the platform. Other than Netflix, the Assistant can also control YouTube TV in the same way.

Google is also adding new Play Music functionality where users can just ask for the track, album or artist and Home will play it provided you have purchased or uploaded to your music library. Google Home users can also set a music-based alarm with their voice by simply telling the time they want to set an alarm for and the song that should be played to wake you up. Hey Google, remind me to watch Riverdale every Wednesday at 8 PM.

Apart from alarms, Google Home users can also set an alarm for the Assistant to reminder about their favorite show. The owners of Google Home devices can say something like, “Hey Google, remind me to watch Riverdale every Wednesday at 8 PM” to set an alarm.

It is clear that the battle between consumer technology companies is being played in voice interface. Amazon currently leads with its Alexa, which has more skills than competition but Google is getting serious with Assistant getting a lot of third-party Actions while Apple is set to enter the race with Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker.

  • Published Date: February 2, 2018 2:12 PM IST