Google follows Amazon with multi-step smart home routines and kid-friendly accounts
Google today announced that products from its fellow Alphabet-owned company, Nest, will be more deeply integrated with its family of Home smart speakers, allowing for multi-step “routines” you can trigger with simple phrases like “good morning.”
If you’re not a Nest owner, Google says the feature should work with over 1,000 smart home products from over 100 brands. The company also announced new kid-friendly accounts for Home, so kids can have their preferences saved as part of a large linked family account. The news was presented onstage at the company’s Pixel 2 hardware event in San Francisco.
Amazon last week announced a similar feature for its Echo speaker line, so one phrase can now, for instance, turn the lights on, roll up a…