Google Home has recently received an update which allows its devices to complete two commands that are issued at once.
In the past, users of Google Home devices had to list all commands separately. But now, users should be able to say “OK, Google, dim the lights and turn on the TV,” and both commands should be properly executed.
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CNET tested a number of commands and reports that almost all of them worked properly in conjunction when asked with another command. Traffic-related commands, however, still seemed to give the testers problems. The stringed commands also seemed to be unable to recognize Google’s Shortcut commands in the midst of a string.
At this point, users are limited to giving two commands a time — you won’t be able to string together three or more commands with Google Home. At least not yet.
Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices — Google Home’s main competitor — activated routines earlier this month. Those routines allow users to activate commands with one key phrase, though they are limited to control select devices.
Google Home is planning on introducing its own version of routines in the near future. As CNET notes, “It’s unclear how stringing commands relates to Routines or when that feature is coming.”
The home automation wars are ramping up, and Google and Amazon are both pushing their smart speakers to do more, to say nothing of what other companies might attempt in the future. We’d expect to see more Apple HomeKit-enabled devices in the new year, for instance — that’s another booming category.
For more information on the security capabilities and concerns with these products, check out our recent post Security Watch: Amazon Echo Vs. Google Home.
For those who already have an Alexa-enabled device, we’ve published Ten Alexa Skills To Turn Your House Into A Smart Home and another post about Using Alexa To Increase Your Safety — And Serenity.