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Google’s New Family Broadcast Feature Sends Messages From Speakers to Smartphones

The Google Nest Hub on a white deskCameron Summerson

Today, Google is announcing a bunch of new tools on Google Assistant smart speakers, displays, and even smartphones. The hook is that these are great tools for moms on Mother’s Day, but between you and me, they seem pretty legit for everyone, all year round. 😉

To start, the Broadcast feature is getting a supercharged feature that it’s needed for a long time: integration with smartphones. You could always broadcast from your smartphone to smart speakers and displays, but now you’ll also be able to broadcast from your smart speakers or displays to smartphones in your Google Family Group. The best part? It will work with both Android phones and iPhones. Dope.


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When you broadcast to your family group, the message will hit all the smart speakers and displays in your Google Home, plus send a notification to all the phones in your Family Group. Phone users can then respond to the notification with voice or text. This is a fantastic update to a great feature. Love it.

Beyond Broadcast, Assistant speakers and displays are also getting new stories from partners like Pottermore Publishing and Penguin Random House. For example, you’ll be able to ask Assistant to “tell a Quiddich story” or “talk to Who Was” for stories from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or stories from PRH’s Who Was series, respectively.

New games are also on deck here, too. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader will be available on Nest Hub, which should help you keep your pride in check. Apparently, you can even win fake money, which is…something, I guess?

"Who Was" integration in Google Assistant on a Nest HubGoogle

Finally, Family Bell is getting a few new reminder options for things like watering plants and cleaning up. There are even new songs to help—just say “Hey Google, sing the clean up song” to get a little jingle similar to the handwashing song. More songs will also be available, like the “brush your teeth song” and “go to sleep song.”

These features should begin rolling out today, though there’s no word on when they’ll be available to everyone.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/81456/googles-new-family-broadcast-feature-sends-messages-from-speakers-to-smartphones/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Cameron Summerson

How to Pin Conversations in Google Chat

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Whether you communicate with others a little or a lot in Google Chat, having quick access to your most important conversations is key. For this, you can pin conversations in Google Chat on the web, in Gmail online, and in the mobile app.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/726495/how-to-pin-conversations-in-google-chat/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Sandy Writtenhouse

How to Add Captions to Images in Google Docs

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It’s easy to add an image to your document in Google Docs, but including a caption is another story. Until Google adds a caption feature to Docs, here are a few ways you can create and add captions to your photos.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/725451/how-to-add-captions-to-images-in-google-docs/
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Gmail Not Working? Here Are the Fixes

gmail-not-working-here-are-the-fixes.jpg No one likes email issues. After all, you need your emails now, not later. But if you’re a Gmail user, you’ve likely encountered issues with Gmail not working. Sometimes it’s a problem with Gmail, and there’s nothing you can do but wait. Other times, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to get back to normal. See If Gmail Is Down Though rare, Google apps do sometimes go offline. Before doing anything else, check the current status of Gmail. The Google Workspace Status Dashboard lists all the main Google apps and their current… Read more14446934.gif

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How to Check How Much Google Account Storage You Have Left

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Every Google account comes with free storage, but if that’s not enough for you, more can be purchased. Regardless of how much you have, you probably want to keep tabs on how much you’re using. We’ll show you how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/714378/how-to-check-how-much-google-account-storage-you-have-left/
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Google Photos’ Revamped Video Editor Arrives on Android

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Back in February, Google announced that the revamped video editor for its Photos app would arrive on Android devices after months of being iOS-exclusive. Now, Google Photos users on Android finally have access to the powerful new video editor through a server-side rollout.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/77628/google-photos-revamped-video-editor-arrives-on-android/
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PSA: You Can Still Download the Old Free Version of SketchUp

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Originally released as free open-source software, the popular 3D-modeling program SketchUp now comes with a premium price tag. Or does it? You can still download a free desktop version if you know where to look.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/720402/psa-you-can-still-download-the-old-free-version-of-sketchup/
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How to Download and Save Images from a Google Docs Document

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Google Docs is great for collaboration, but grabbing images that were uploaded to the document is more difficult than it should be. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to download the original photos to your Windows 10, Mac, or Linux computer.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/719450/how-to-download-and-save-images-from-a-google-docs-document/
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Google’s April Software Update Just Gave the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G a Big Performance Boost

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The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 weren’t exactly slouches when it came to processing power, but now a recent software update from Google has just given those phones a big boost in performance.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/googles-april-software-update-just-gave-the-pixel-5-and-1846627652
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