July 31, 2021

Google (finally) adds ‘routines’ to Belgian Assistant – News

The Google Assistant can now also perform a whole series of actions simultaneously in Belgium with a single command. That principle, which is called ‘routines’, will be rolled out nationally in the coming weeks. Rather late, because our northern neighbors have had this handy gadget since the beginning of July.

Routines makes it possible with a single voice command to switch on, for example, a connected coffee maker, the radio and the smart lighting. A number of routines are already pre-programmed. For example, with the command ‘Hey Google, good morning’, the Google Assistant reads the weather forecast, the latest news items and the appointments in your calendar.

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The built-in routines can be adapted, but users can also compile ‘task packages’ themselves. For example, they can dim the lighting every day at 5.30 pm and have party music play to herald the end of the (home) working day.

Google’s voice assistant became discredited in the summer of 2019, when it came to light that the company – like other technology giants – had certain audio recordings listened to and reviewed by employees in order to improve the service. Some of those recordings were leaked to the media and were sometimes found to contain very sensitive information. Last year, Google announced that from now on it will ask permission before listening to audio recordings.

Routines makes it possible with a single voice command to switch on, for example, a connected coffee maker, the radio and the smart lighting. A number of routines are already pre-programmed. For example, with the command ‘Hey Google, good morning’, the Google Assistant reads the weather forecast, the latest news items and the appointments in your agenda. The baked-in routines can be adjusted, but users can also compile ‘task packages’ themselves. For example, they can dim the lights every day at 5.30 p.m. and play party music to herald the end of the (home) working day. Google’s voice assistant became discredited in the summer of 2019, when it came to light that it company – like other technology giants – had certain audio recordings listened to and reviewed by employees in order to improve the service. Some of those recordings were leaked to the media and were sometimes found to contain very sensitive information. Last year, Google announced that from now on it will ask permission before listening to audio recordings.

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