June 11th, 2020
No matter what smart device you use in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom, Google Assistant features help you get things done—whether that means listening to your favorite playlist, controlling your smart home devices, or checking your schedule. We work closely with all of our third-party partners to make sure your Google Assistant-enabled devices are up to date with the latest security, personalization, and helpful features.
As part of that continued effort to support an open ecosystem and bring Google Assistant features to everyone globally, we’re rolling out some important updates this week to your devices.
Voice Match support to more smart speakers
With Voice Match, you can teach Google Assistant to recognize your voice so you can receive personalized results, including calendar reminders or traffic to work, even if you share the device with other people in the household. You’ll be able to link up to six people’s voices with Voice Match to a single speaker or Smart Display, so the entire family can get personalized help from Google.
Adjust hotword sensitivity
You’ll start to see a new setting in the Google Home app that gives you the option to adjust the responsiveness of the Google Assistant hotword “Hey Google” on your smart speakers and Smart Displays. This will continue to roll out to more devices in the coming weeks.
Choose your default speaker
You can also pick your preferred speaker in your living room for playing music. For example, you can say, “Hey Google, play some jazz,” to your Google Nest Mini in the kitchen and the music will automatically play from your preferred speaker. You can set the default music speaker for any Google Assistant-enabled device, by finding the setting menu of your device in the Google Home app. Scroll down to Google Nest Mini and its “Device settings,” then tap Default music speaker to choose the living room speaker you want to use when you play music.
As a reminder, there are already many helpful ways to use Google Assistant on all your favorite devices, whether it’s broadcasting a messaging across your other devices when it’s time for dinner, playing music to wind down the night, or controlling thousands of available smart home devices with just your voice.
We know you have many options when it comes to buying smart speakers and we will continue working to ensure that you can experience the best of Google on the device of your choice.