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A new Google Assistant trick on Android phones, can automatically turn on your bedroom lights, read out the weather and news, and even start brewing your morning coffee.
Routines in Google Assistant allow users to string together various Actions that are naturally invoked together over the course of a day. Useful for controlling smart home gadgets, these custom macros now integrate with Google Clock to invoke after an alarm is dismissed.
Start and end your day the right way
To help streamline your morning, use Assistant Routines in the Google Clock app for Android phones. So after dismissing your alarm(with the dismissal serving as an implicit sign that you’re ready to start the series of Actions), the Google Assistant can immediately start a routine, triggering multiple things – like telling you about the weather and traffic on your commute to work, turning on your coffee maker and lights, playing the news, and more. You can customize your routine right from the Clock app. This series of events, or one like it, is something you’ll be able to customize through a new menu item in Android’s clock app. From here, you can set up over a dozen different scenarios that kick into action the moment you dismiss your alarm.
When setting an alarm in the Google Clock app, there is now an option to add a Google Assistant Routine. Available Actions include getting the weather, commute alerts, finding your next appointment, and more. Users can also control smart devices like turning on lights to set the mood or adjusting the thermostat. For example, you can program Google Assistant to report on your commute as you struggle out of bed, and turn up the temperature. You can also ask it to play a podcast when you first wake, or perhaps some music. Lastly, you can have the Routine end by playing news, audiobooks.
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Google Assistant will support verbally enabling Do Not Disturb on your phone.
When it’s time to settle in for the night, you can ask the Google Assistant to switch your devices to do not disturb mode with a single command. You can say things like, “Hey Google, silence my phone.” This will work from any Google Home or Smart Display where Voice Match recognition is enabled. Aimed as a simply way of getting ready for bed, these capabilities are rolling out.