Google Assistant now has a handy new routine feature that triggers your preset commands when it detects your location. The feature now saves you the hassle of telling the digital assistant that “someone is home” or “everyone is leaving.”
At the end of August, Google had introduced these new features for Assistant routines. So, Google’s Home and Away routines for smarthome devices now have a new location trigger.
Opening Routines (from the Google Assistant settings or the Home app) and scrolling down to “Household Routines” reveals a new “Starter” for both “Home” and “Away”. ‘When I say to my Assistant’ and ‘When everyone is gone’ or ‘When someone comes home’ are now supplemented with ‘When the user arrives/leaves’. It does not appear for other types of routines.
On the dedicated page, you can choose “Arrive” or “Depart” and then specify a specific location. This will take you to the Assistant’s existing ‘Places you’ menu where ‘Home’ and ‘Work’ are displayed by default, and you can ‘Add a new place’. Back in the settings you can ‘get a notification on your phone when this routine starts’.
Compared to automated presence detection, Google gives users a clearer setting. With ‘Home’ you can make sure that the Assistant routine does not start until you are closer to a point near your home.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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