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Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the US

Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the US Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the US
Sandra Phillips | 15 March, 2018, 00:32

Routines helpfully allows you to group actions together, meaning users are no longer required to specifically activate each device (or ask for updates etc.) in their home - think the Google alternative to Amazon scenes. Building on the voice-managed reminders that were launched back in September 2017, the new location-based reminders factor in your physical position, taking advantage of the fact that the Assistant travels with you courtesy of your phone.

Google Home devices now let you set location-based reminders.

Location-based reminders work with both Android and iOS devices.

In the case of "Good Morning", which seems to be the first of the multi-step routines to go live, you can get Assistant to do stuff like turn on your lights, tell you about your calendar or the weather and traffic, and then pop on some tunes or a podcast all with a single command. That's available free from the App Store.

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Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part. Instead, you get the reminders on your phone as you reach the specified location.

You will be able to set up multiple actions with just one trigger phrase through Routines.

With Google Assistant, you can also set up different, customised Routines for each individual in the household, once you've sorted out Voice Match for your devices to recognise you and provide your personal info. Saying "Ok Google, remind me to check tire pressure at the gas station", by example, wasn't understood in terms of the gas station being a location.

I just tested this on my Google Home and it worked fine.

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