Your Google Home assistant can now multitask

On Monday, Google announced that Google Home can now answer up to three requests simultaneously.

In November, Google had already announced that their brand of smart speakers could handle two commands at once. This meant that a customer could address his home assistant with demands such as “OK Google, turn up the volume and play music.”

The voice activated smart speaker had been a subject of interest in May during Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O. The tech giant had made it clear that that the development of the multiple request feature was a priority.

The announce was made by Google via their Twitter account: “You’re not the only one who can multitask. Now Google Home can perform up to three queries at a time, so you can get more done.”

Why is the upgrade such a big deal?

The multiple actions feature improves the life of its users since it allows for a more straightforward usage of the device. Customers will be able to use a more natural way of expressing themselves that is similar to their way of addressing another individual.

To activate the smart speaker, a customer needs to say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” followed by the series of commands the customer wishes to ask. In order to take advantage of the new multitasking feature, a request needs to be followed by the word “and” followed by a possibility of any two other commands.

This means that instead of having to say “Hey Google, what’s the weather in Paris and what’s the weather in New York,” the customer can simply ask, “OK Google, what’s the weather in New York and Paris and Montreal?”

Adding the possibility of having a third request will also allow customers to save time in their daily routine by making more complex command. Google did mention that in order for the feature to be used at its fullest, a customer needs to ask specific questions. For example, general commands like “Set alarm,” need to be supplemented by necessary details such as “Set alarm for tomorrow 7 a.m.” The Google assistant needs to have all the information at once in order to understand the command. This also prevents Google Home to have to ask additional questions.

For the moment, the feature is only available in English speaking countries only, such as in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. Google said that they are planning on making this element accessible in other languages, stating that “We look forward to supporting additional languages, but have nothing to announce at this time.”

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