Nov 18, 2020
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Some new Google Assistant updates aim to help you keep a handle on your family this holiday season.
As you gather for Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays – either in person or virtually – these new features could help keep families connected and prevent plans from going awry.
Sticky notes just not working for you? On smart displays such as Nest Hub Max, you can now create Family Notes, virtual sticky notes that stay on your displays throughout the home for 24 hours. Simply say, "Hey Google, leave a family note that we need to pick up the turkey Wednesday." The new feature was one of several detailed in a post Wednesday on Google's blog.
On smart displays such as Nest Hub Max, you can now create Family Notes, virtual sticky notes that stay on your displays throughout the home for 24 hours.
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Need to know where everyone is? Google Assistant devices including Android and iOS smartphones can now be asked, "Hey Google, where's my family?" You can also ask where a specific family member is. Users aged 13 and up can get the update, created by Google Maps and the Life360 app.
If you're so busy you can't find a fun activity to pass the time, you can now ask, "Hey Google, what can I learn with my family?” and several activities from providers such as ABCmouse, will pop up on your display. You can also ask Google to tell you a story to see interactive offerings from Capstone, Noggin and other content companies.
Google Assistant devices including Android and iOS smartphones can now be asked, "Hey Google, where's my family?"
The Family Bell feature, which launched in August, has gotten new sound effects on smart speakers and displays to remind family members about homework, chores or family get-togethers. Coming soon: a pause function to give you a day off for vacation from school or work.
A new "Family" tab on Google Assistant smart displays, rolling out later this year, will let you find these features and others.
"Families turn to Google Assistant for help each day – particularly on Nest Hub Max and other Smart Displays," said Mindy Brooks, Google's product and user experience director for kids and families, in the blog post. "And just in time for the holidays, we’re adding new features that make it easier to stay on track, entertained and connected with the people they love."
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The Google Fi phone service, launched last year, is getting some new family-friendly features this week, too, aimed at safety and digital health.
The new features, which come included with all Fi plans at no extra cost, include blocking of calls and texts to your child's Android phone except for contacts. a data budget to limit children's usage, and new Family Link tools to filter content, limit screen time and manage downloads.