Google has announced a handful of new family-friendly features in Google Assistant – just in time for Mother’s Day. New features are coming now and include improved shows, new family bells, and new stories for kids.
One of the most exciting new features extends to Google Assistant broadcasts and now allows users to ping family members wherever they are, even on a mobile device. The feature is available through Home Broadcasting and will display messages on all smart speakers, smart screens, and mobile phones, including iPhones. Mobile users can then reply to a broadcast message by voice.
The Google Assistant also features two new Family Bell reminders that will remind users to water plants and tidy up the house. Apparently, Family Bell reminders are increasingly popular among households.
“Since last summer, over 20 million Family Bells have been organized to help families stay organized – that’s almost 19 years of bells!” said Lilian Rincon, senior director of product management, Google Assistant. Rincon added that in the future, users can stop a bell by simply saying “stop”. The bells will also ring on multiple home devices at once, rather than just one speaker or smart display.
Additionally, over the next few weeks, Google will roll out Family Bell in eight new languages, including Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Finally, Google Assistant gets new stories and games accessible from a smart screen or Android device. Google will partner with Pottermore Publishing to bring stories from the Wizarding World to users. Starting this weekend, fans can learn more about Quidditch from the Harry Potter stories by saying “Hey Google, tell me a Quidditch story”. Google is also adding the “Who Was” series to smart screens, along with new Easter eggs and songs that will help kids stay focused on their tasks.