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Google Assistant gets a new, useful feature

When you get married and live in the same house, there are times when you have to remind your partner of a certain thing. Usually, you’d create a reminder for yourself, to actually remind your other half.

While it works so far most of the time, there is a better way now. You can ask Google Assistant to remind someone else to do something through a feature called Assignable reminders.

For example, I can ask Google Assistant to remind my wife to take the trash out at 10pm when I’m not home, for example. She can then get a notification from a smart display like our Google Nest Hub, and on her phone.

You can also use Google Assistant to find out what reminders you’ve assigned to someone by asking “Hey Google, what are my reminders for X”?.

The new feature also works with location-based reminders so like the previous example, I can set a reminder through Google Assistant to my wife to take the trash out when she gets home.

You can send and receive reminders only from people who are in your Google family group or those who have their accounts linked to the same Smart Display or speaker as you and are Voice Matched. The recipient must also be in a senders’ Google Contacts.

This makes sense, because imagine if you can create random reminders to any in your Contacts just to make fun of them. You also have the control to block anyone from sending you reminders in the Assistant settings.

The new feature will be available over the next few weeks in English on phones, speakers and Smart Displays in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, and will work with Google Nest Hub Max when it’s available later this fall.

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