There’s a lot to get your head around when you start using a smart speaker, like the hugely-successful Amazon Echo range, or Google Home. Thankfully, both Amazon and Google seem to know this. Amazon regularly sends out emails with the latest tips and tricks to make the most of your AI-powered speakers, while Google has an online hub that makes suggestions based on the kinds of tasks you do with Google Assistant.
If you haven’t used the latter it’s a real lifesaver when it comes to finding out about new features being added to the service. You can check out the comprehensive repository of Google Assistant abilities by heading to Assistant.Google.com/Explore where you’ll see Google has a number of headings, including What’s Popular For You, and What’s New For You.
These should be your first port of call whenever you’re looking to expand what you can do with your Google Home devices.
For example, Google suggested that we set-up a Bedtime Routine. Although Google already provides us with a rundown of events in our calendar as well as a brief summary of the latest news and weather after our alarm in the morning, the ability to get another news update, switch off multiple appliances and connected lighting around the home with a single keyword was new to us.
Clicking on a Google Assistant action will show reviews from other users, so you’ll be able to get a sense whether it works as planned.
Some of the suggestions include multiple commands.
For example, Google recommended a Fun Fact section that bundles a number of different commands to try, including “Give me a poem”, “Give me a compliment”, “Flip a coin”, “Tell me a fun fact”, “What am I thinking at the moment?”, “Give me a haiku”, “Roll a die”, “Tell me your easter eggs”, and “Drop a beat for me”.
The Assistant.Google.com website will also recommend third-party services and applications with built-in support. For example, Hermes offer the ability to track parcels with a simple voice command by asking “Hey Google, Ask Hermes to track my parcel”.
Find out what Google recommends for you, based on what you’ve been asking the disembodied personal assistant, by visiting the webpage on your smartphone, laptop, or desktop PC.