Google Assistant’s ‘Routines’ Will Roll Out in the Coming Weeks

Last year, Google announced Routines, the Assistant’s way of stringing different commands together that are activatable by using a single phrase of your choice. For instance, you could say “Hey Google, good morning” and the Assistant would turn on your kitchen lights, play your morning Spotify playlist, and even read you your reminders, Now, the company says the feature will begin rolling out to users over the coming weeks, likely during and after MWC 2018.

Google says users will be able to store up to six set Routines within the Home app on Android and iOS. The commands can be given to your Google Home or smartphone and will work identically across devices.

Along with Routines, Google is also bringing location-based reminders to the Google Home. Previously, the feature was exclusive to mobile devices. But starting over the coming weeks, you’ll be able to say things like “Hey Google, remind me to get milk at the store” to your Home and your phone will prompt you to grab a gallon when you get to the market. All location-based reminders will be delivered to your phone, so take note of that.

Want to make sure you pick up the milk at the grocery store? All you have to do is ask the Assistant on your Google Home—when you get to the store, the Assistant on your phone will remind you.

In addition, Google is also getting new language tricks and deeper integration with your phone and wireless provider. All in all, MWC 2018 is looking pretty promising for the Assistant. We’ll let you know of any other news that happens to surface during the event.


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