Your Google Assistant menu has changed, new communication functionality
Google has now introduced some changes to the Assistant menu in its apps, in line with the addition of a new communications feature. It is based on reports detailing the change, which renames “Voice and Video Calls” to “Communication”.
Now this change can be found in the Google app and appears to be associated with an update to the app. But the Communication menu should also appear pretty much anywhere the Google Assistant settings are accessible. At least that will be the case for anyone who sees the Google app update.
But the change isn’t just in the name, either. Besides call providers, video and voice applications, device and call settings and your contacts, in this menu there is a new item. It’s called “Broadcast” and, as the name suggests, focuses on settings for a specific wizard feature. added in 2017.
What is broadcast and what does it do with Google Assistant communication?
Of course, the feature in question adds the ability to use Google Assistant to communicate with paired and linked devices, so this menu change should reflect that. More directly, it is the ability to communicate directly with devices linked to a smart home or family group.
Google now offers users two switches in this menu. We activate or deactivate broadcasting more generally. This will apply to everyone, including those in the group. And it allows streaming to personal devices, including smartphones and tablets, rather than speakers or smart displays.
The second setting option opens things up for those who prefer to do so. It’s aptly titled “Family Broadcasting for Guests” and its name reveals its function. It allows guest users to communicate with smart home or family group via broadcast as well.
It could be a slow rollout
Now, as of this writing, this change doesn’t seem to affect everyone at the same time. This includes some Android titles devices and the source notes a similar trend. The implication is that this is a more gradual rollout for AI tool.