During the Google I/O 2018, the tech giant announced two new features for the Google Assistant, namely custom routines, and schedules. While we got the custom routines features soon after the announcement at Google I/O 2018, the scheduled Routine feature has just started to roll out for Google Home smart speakers.
Earlier this year, Google launched six ready-made Routines in order to help users get multiple tasks done with a single command and then the Custom Routines feature was introduced which made users capable of creating their your own Routine with any of Google Assistant’s Actions. Through this feature, Google Home users could start their routine with a phrase which suits them the best.
For instance, if a user creates a Custom Routine for a family dinner, and and then says, “Hey Google, dinner’s ready”, the Google Assistant can turn on your favorite music playlist, broadcast “dinner time!” to everyone present in the house and turn off the TV.
Now with the schedule Routines feature, users will be able to schedule their daily routines for a specific day or time through the Assistant app as well as the Google Clock app for Android. If multiple users are using the same Google Home, everyone who wants to hear personal info on Google Home must link their Google Account and voice to Google Home, even the person who set up Google Home,” said Google in a post.
In order to schedule a Routine, users just need to navigate to Google Home > Menu > More Settings > Routines. From here, they can either edit a custom Routine or even start a new one through an option to add a new schedule.
While the schedule “Routines” feature is expected to replace the “My Day” option which is used to access Google Home smart speakers, the schedule Routines feature is currently available to users on the US and is limited to English-speaking users.