This week Google announced new features that promise to help families with Google Assistant at home. But there is one that can be somewhat controversial.
In order to keep families connected in the coming holiday season, users aged 13 and under will be able to easily understand where family members connected to the same house are.
“Hey Google, where’s my family?” is coming to the virtual assistant
Asking “Hey Google, where is my family?”, Or asking for a specific name will give the result. “Hey Google, where’s Marco?”, Will be a possible command.
Everything will happen with the parents’ permission, if they activate it in their family account linked to Google Assistant. However, it remains to be seen whether the functionality cannot be easily used by another unwanted person in the family.
For privacy reasons, we don’t always want you to know where we are. And this is where this kind of functionality can divide opinions.
This feature has already started to reach the first users who have a device with Google Assistant. This applies to Google Nest columns, but also to Android or iOS smartphones.
As usual, these are incremental news. And there is no certainty yet when they will be fully available in UK.
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