Here's how Google's smart speaker is getting 'smarter'

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Here's how Google's smart speaker is getting 'smarter'

Queries can involve fetching information from the web, as well as performing commands on connected smart home devices.

Last year, Google made it easier to interact with your Google Home or Home Mini smart speaker by allowing users to chain up to two commands together, instead of separately spelling out each query. However, Google has now revealed that its Google Home speakers will soon support multiple commands at the same time. Today, that functionality is starting to go live.

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In a tweet, Google said: "Now Google Home can perform up to three queries at a time, so you can get more done". However, there has been progress in that it is also possible to issue a shorter version of commands such as "turn on the lights in the living room and the kitchen". So you'll be able to say, "OK Google, dim the lights and play Marvin Gaye and turn the volume down", and create instant ambience. But the additional new command support will be helpful particularly for connected households, where users may need to juggle more tasks? For example, instead of saying "Ok, Google, what's the weather in NY and what's the weather in San Francisco?", you can simply say "Ok, Google, what's the weather in NY and San Francisco?".

Now, users can say something more natural, such as "turn off the lights in the bedroom and living room". Others needed to update their Google Home firmware.

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