If are bored by the constant and monotonous beeping sound of the Google Home alarm, then you need to hear about this latest update. Google has rolled out a new update to Google Home to allow you to set the music of your choice for the morning alarm or other tasks.
Musical alarm for Google Home
Google lately has introduced several new features for its Home devices. The smart speaker now comes with a better app interface, improved search feature, intercom feature, and more. On Thursday, Google announced the alarm feature and other new features for its Google Assistant.
Users can now set the alarm based on their musical preference.
“And waking up to a wailing alarm doesn’t always help to start your day off on the right foot. Luckily, the Google Assistant can help you wake up more peacefully,” Google says in a blog post.
To activate the feature, a user needs to say, “Hey Google, set an alarm for 6 AM that plays [insert favorite musician]” to the device. The Assistant will respond to it by asking the song that you plan to set. Once you let the device know your choice, the alarm is set.
Google says that with the help of this new feature you can wake up to your favorite tune, song or even radio station. Further, users can also select a song from the streaming service they use, Spotify, and Pandora, etc.
The new feature, however, suffers from one drawback, i.e., it can’t be set as a default. This means that a quick command for “set an alarm at [time]” will still use the standard alarm sound. Also, it must be noted that the assistant pulls the music from the user’s account settings. So, it could create a problem if you are using the same streaming service elsewhere, notes Android Police.
The new alarm feature would be available to all devices powered by Google Assistant, such as Google Home, Google Home Max and more. This new feature is similar to what Amazon introduced in December of last year for the Alexa-powered devices.
Other new additions to Google Home
Another interesting addition to Google Home is the ability to answer your queries about a specific show, or the channel airing it. A user just needs to say, “Hey Google, what channel airs The Flash?” or “Hey, Google, when does Black Mirror air next?”
Further, if you have linked your Netflix account with the Google Home, you can also ask the assistant to stream any show with a voice command.
“Thanks to Voice Match on the Assistant, you can just say, “Hey Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix” and it will pick up right where you left off. And same for your roommate or partner,” Google says.
Similarly, you can also control the YouTube TV. In addition, the latest update also adds the new Google Play Music functionality to Google Home. The assistant now will play any track, album or artist that a user asks for, provided it has been purchased or uploaded to the service.