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Your Google Home speaker is now also an intercom

One of the most useful features of Google Home is now available to smart homeowners after setting up "Broadcast" support.

The new addition allows you to send messages or reminders on a network of home appliances to mimic a home intercom system.

So, rather than asking kids that dinner is about to be served, or getting them to get up to go to school, Google Home can convey the message. To activate it, simply say "Ok Google, broadcast …" and add the desired message. (For a reminder of dinner time, the device rings a bell on connected homes.)

It's cute in theory but, if you're kids like mine (and me when I was younger, from somewhere else), the show will probably only serve as a warning that an adult is about to swim unless you get out of bed or get off dinner at the moment. Yet, it is something to advance a first world problem.

First announced at Google's October 4 Pixel event, Broadcast will air this week in English on Google Home speakers and phones in the US, Australia, Canada and in the United Kingdom.