You’ll soon be able to use Google’s voice assistant to pester your family members and housemates with reminders to do their chores.
The upcoming “Assignable Reminders” feature works like the name suggests: Simply say the family member’s name, the task, and what time the reminder should go off. Google’s voice assistant will then transcribe the information, and ping the family member with the reminder via smartphone, smart speaker or smart display.
“This means you can now create reminders for your partner or roommate to do things like pick up the groceries, pay a recurring bill, walk the dog —or send them a note of encouragement when they need it the most,” the company said in a blog post on Thursday.
The feature will work best for consumers who own Google Assistant-enabled devices such as Android phones, and the Google Home smart speakers. But you’ll have to set up the feature by meeting a few requirements. “You can send and receive reminders only from people who are in your Google family group or those who have their accounts linked to the same Smart Display or speaker as you and are Voice Matched. The recipient must also be in a senders’ Google Contacts,” the company said in today’s blog post, which also contains instructions on how parents can set up the feature for kids.
You’ll be able to activate the function simply by saying “Hey Google,” and then speaking out the reminder. For example: “Hey Google, remind Greg to take out the trash at 8pm.” In this case, the company will send out the reminder twice. The first time will occur when you’ve created the reminder to tip off the recipient. The second time will occur at the exact time you set the reminder to go off.
“This feature will also work for location-based reminders with a specific address or landmark,” Google said. So you can set a reminder to go off for when the recipient reaches a certain location. For example: “Hey Google, remind Claire to pick up flowers when she gets to the San Francisco Ferry Building.” (Presumably, this means the recipient will have opted into letting Google track their location.)
The company plans on rolling out the Assignable Reminders feature in the coming weeks to users based in the US, UK and Australia. It will also be available over the Nest Hub Max when the product launches this fall.