Google Home Now Supports Multiple Queries and Actions

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Chrome OS, Cloud, Google, Hardware, iOS, Mobile, Smart Home with 6 Comments

With little fanfare, Google has bumped the number of simultaneous queries and actions its Home smart speakers can handle at once.

“You’re not the only one who can multitask,” the Made by Google Twitter accounted revealed via a tweet. “Now Google Home can perform up to three queries at a time, so you can get more done.”

Not specified in the original tweet, but added in a follow-up, Google also notes that this feature is available in English only and only in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

What this means is that you can say “OK, Google” (or “Hey Google”) once, and the Google Home device will listen to the next three things you ask. Previously, it could do this for only two queries.

Also, this capability appears to extend to actions, too. As you may recall. actions are essentially things that Google Home (and Google Assistant) can “do,” like translate languages, play games, and make online purchases on your behalf. They are similar to what Amazon calls skills for its Alexa platform.

What this means is that you can tie multiple actions into a single query. So instead of asking what the weather is in one location, you could ask for the weather in two (or more) locations.

I’ve not been able to get either feature to work on my own Google Home speakers, but this functionality is apparently rolling out over time. So I should see them soon.

 

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6 responses to “Google Home Now Supports Multiple Queries and Actions”

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    Stooks

    The US can't get a version of GDPR fast enough!

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      Michael Goff

      In reply to Stooks:


      I've read the article repeatedly, but can't seem to find a connection between your comment and what was said.

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        Stooks

        In reply to Michael_Goff:

        The connection? Now Google home can SUCK your information at a greater rate because you can ask it to do more.


        Seriously Facebook and Google are brokers of information and that is the primary (89% or more) way they make money. They make BILLIONS off of the information they gather. Your google search results are influenced heavily by Google's financial and political wants and needs and not on helping you find the best information. Amazon is racing up behind them quickly.


        If that is not clear to EVERYONE in 2018 I am not sure how people will ever understand. There is ZERO consumer protection in the US around data collection and privacy because the current people in government simply can't grasp, comprehend that problem. In the EU they are doing something about it.

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    dcdevito

    I wonder what will happen if/when it can't perform one of them. For example, I have a bunch of smart lights and meters in my house, and quote often I get "unknown/unexpected error, please try again later" - drives me nuts. I wonder how it will handle individual queries it cannot perform. I tried on mine but not available yet.

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