Google Home & Assistant Updates - February 2021

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Well its February and a lot has happened  since our last Google Assistant feature update video Google has released quite a few new  features for Google Assistant devices so lets dive right in and a word of warning if you  live outside of the United States or you live in the US but you dont use the u.s english version  of the Google Assistant, some of the features demoed in this video may not have rolled out to  you just yet. First up lets talk video calling. You can now make video calls on the Google  Nest Hub Max by using either Google Meet or  Zoom. Before using Zoom youll need to link  your Zoom account in the Google Home app. To do that open the Google Home app tap settings,  voice and video calls, video and voice apps, and then tap Zoom to create or link to an  existing Zoom account. To start a call with either Google Meet or Zoom, tap your Nest Hub  Max and navigate over to the communicate tab and tap to start a meeting. When you start a Google  Meet meeting you can start a new meeting, join a meeting with a meeting id, or join a meeting on  your calendar. The same goes for Zoom as well, so now keeping up with your friends and family  can be even easier with your Nest Hub Max. Next up is a feature thats been a long time coming for  Google Assistant displays and is now finally out: family notes. Family notes create digital notes  youll see on all of the displays in your home. You can create one by asking Google to create a  family note. Heres an example. Josh: "Hey Google, create a family note." Google: "What do you want  it to say?" Josh: "Dont forget to wax the sleds." Google: "Sure, your family notes been created." If you  have more than one family note theyll stack on top of each other in the displays ui. Tap a family  note to see a grid view that will display all of your family notes and tap on a specific note in  order to delete it. You can also navigate to a new family tab on a Google Assistant display to  see all of your familys notes as well as timers. Sticking with Google Assistant displays for a  second, did you know that you can set a timer on an assistant display and then itll proceed  to play ridiculous animal noises? Well it can, heres an example. Josh: "Set a  chicken timer for 10 minutes." Google: "Sure a 10 minute timer called  chicken and were starting now." Google: "Your chicken timer is up." Next up lets talk about routines on Android  devices. When you open a routine in the Google Home app youll now see a pop-up asking if you  want to add this routine to your home screen after the pop-up goes away or if you dont see  one, you should also see a new icon that appears up at the top that allows you to push the  routine to an icon on your Android home screen, making it more convenient to run. Next up, for  owners of smart lights, Google has added a new feature to control smart lighting with the Google  Assistant. You can now tell the Google Assistant to turn on or off the lights at a specified  time, so for example, you can tell the Google Assistant to turn off the lights in five minutes,  turn off the lights at midnight ,or turn off a specific group of lights at a specified time  and you can even ask the Google Assistant to turn on or off the lights at sunrise and sunset.  Josh: "Turn on the humidifier for 10 minutes." Google: "Allright, Ill turn on joshs humidifier  for 10 minutes." Setting up routines is still the best way to turn on and off your lights at  specified times during the week and if youre interested in learning more about that make sure  you check out the Google Assistant routines video we did which ill link here in this video and in  the video description below. Speaking of routines, Google has updated the ability for you to be  able to start them at sunrise and sunset when you create them. To see this in action, lets  go into the Google Home app then tap routines, and then the plus button to create a new routine.  When you tap add starter youll now see the option for sunrise and sunset which is pretty useful. If  you go into an existing routine that youve set up you might not see the option for sunrise and  sunset and might have to redo an existing routine youd like to trigger at sunrise sunset. Moving  on one thing weve all probably experienced at one point or another, though probably not during  the pandemic, is when you have people over and you have a home with a lot of Google Assistant  devices sometimes people tend to ask the devices really dumb questions or they try to ask whats on  your calendar or what are your reminders you know just prying into some of your personal details  and before, uh the Google Assistant one, would give them that information like for your calendar  for example or two, it would all of those queries would be tied into your personal Google account.  Well not anymore with the new Google Assistant feature guest mode. Guest mode blocks assistant  interactions from being tied to your personal account and people wont be able to see things  on your calendar etc but your guests will still be able to control your smart home devices play  music and media as well as do things like set timers. To turn on guest mode you just have  to tell the Google Assistant to turn on guest mode. Josh: "turn on guest mode." Google: "guest  modes on." When you turn it on youll see that Google will put an icon on the screen and will  play a sound after a query letting you know that guest mode is on. To turn off guest mode just ask  the Google Assistant to turn it off. All right a few more things about guest mode. Depending on  the music service you use with guest mode those music queries that people are asking the Google  Assistant for could still be tied to your personal account through that music service. Also audio  recordings are not saved on any Google Assistant device when guest mode is enabled regardless of  the fact if you have given Google permission to save audio recordings with personalized results.  Alright now lets move on to a few more quick updates. Googles made it easy to identify smart  home products that will be easy to set up with the Google Assistant with a new seamless setup badge  so make sure to look out for it when buying smart home devices. And if you want to learn more  about starting or expanding your smart home make sure to check out our new video on smart  homes which ive linked here in this video and in the video description below. Lastly  Google has made a nice settings ui change in the Google Home app when looking at settings for  Google Assistant devices. When you click into the settings of a Google device like a Nest Hub Max  in the Google Home app youll now notice that the settings are divided into categories and from  there you have access to specific settings. So while its technically one more tap to get to a  setting streamlining the settings page definitely makes it quicker to find the area of settings  youre looking for. Alright, well i hope you found this video helpful and informative and if you  did and liked it make sure you hit that thumbs up button below and subscribe to the channel to see  more Google Assistant feature update videos like this one. We also just do a lot of Google product  videos in general on this channel so if youre interested in that weve actually put together  a Google product playlist so make sure you check that out well. Thats going to do it for me for 6  Months Later, Im Josh Teder, thanks for watching.

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