You can now use Google Home as an intercom

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  • ChrisPollard77

    Is this just the ‘big’ Home, or does it include the Mini as well?

    • Roger

      I think all features are exactly the same whether it’s the original Google Home and Google Home mini.

    • ChrisPollard77

      Yeah, found my answers in a story elsewhere on the interwebs. Told my wife we need about a half dozen of these scattered through the house … lol

    • Roger

      I got the mini but exchanged it for the original because of the sound quality for music. mini is fine if you want to use it just as an assistant though.

  • Rob Raymond

    Hmmmm. I’m running System firmware version 99956 and can’t seem to be able to trigger it.

  • Marshall Davidson

    Gimmicky…Useful in a house perhaps but in a one-bedroom condo Patrick? I guess the distance between the crapper and the kitchen or the bedroom is such that no one can hear your normal voice you need to broadcast it over the 3-4 of these things you have in there. lol

  • Stinky

    This is a me-too feature that mostly duplicates what the not-yet-available-in-Canada Amazon Echo family has been able to do since June, but does it in a ham-handed fashion – ham-handed in that there is evidently no means of directing a message to a specific device or group of devices. You kind of need that if somebody – such as an infant – is sleeping in the room where one of those devices is running. Or just isn’t the target of the message. Fail.

    • craijiji

      Why would you need a Google home in a room where an infant slept anyway? Blast some tunes? Make sure your baby knows the weather? Traffic updates for the routes to daycare?

    • Stinky

      Because you are nursing your baby in that room and want to have some services in the room during the many hours you spend there?

    • craijiji

      That is stupid. Who in their right mind is going to be nursing a baby and simultaneously need to talk to their google home. I feel like you’ve never had to deal with a baby before.

      Try again buddy. Your argument is weak at best.

    • Stinky

      Pretty sure I might want to listen to music but you of course might not. My point is that the inability of the feature to address or exclude a subset of the cohort of devices is a regrettable limitation and to illustrate it with a use case. But – like you said – I’m stupid. Even my kids tell me that. I bow to your wisdom.

    • craijiji

      I never said you were stupid, perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension. For a guy that uses some pretty superfluous words, you would think you’d have that down…

      That said, I still think that your point is stupid.

    • Stinky

      Would you agree that the inability to address or exclude a subset of a cohort of devices is a regrettable limitation of this new feature?

    • craijiji

      Honestly? No, but that’s because I don’t think it’s the point of the feature. The idea here is to get a message to everyone at the same time; hence the name broadcast, which in it’s transitive verb form would mean “to make the message known throughout an area”