Google Assistant can set times for controlling internet-connected devices

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Google Assistant, present in units just like the Nest Audio good speaker, are getting smarter. 

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Good assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri have been capable of deal with dwelling automation duties for years. In a brand new replace, nonetheless, it now seems to be like no less than Google’s digital helper has not too long ago been studying a brand new trick. 

Noticed by Android Police and Reddit, Google seems to have added extra performance to Assistant when controlling internet-connected lights. Versus solely having the ability to have the lights go on or off instantly, now you can say “Hey Google, activate the lights in 5 minutes” or “Hey Google, activate the lights at 7 a.m.”

A Google Developer page means that the performance can deal with extra than simply lights, with the positioning itemizing an choice to ask the Assistant to “activate my espresso maker at eight a.m. tomorrow” and “run my sprinkler in every week at 5 p.m.”

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Android Police notes that in case you are asking for it to do one thing tomorrow you’ll nonetheless must specify an actual time, with there additionally being no clear option to cancel upcoming requests. For the latter no less than you may all the time simply inform the Assistant to cease or flip off the lights as you’ll usually do. 

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