Google Assistant can now program smart home commands
Google Assistant is rolling out a Scheduled Actions feature that will allow users to schedule a smart home command to activate at a later time. For example, you can say “Ok Google, turn the lights on in five minutes” to control your smart lights. You can also reportedly specify the duration of the action, such as “turn on the light for five minutes.” According to Google, the commands can be scheduled for any day within a seven-day period. The programmed commands will also work with other smart home devices.
While Google Assistant Since it has the ability to turn lights on and off, users will now be able to schedule actions for a variety of smart home devices. For example, you might say, “Ok Google, turn on my coffee maker at 8 AM tomorrow.” You can also use sunset and sunrise as command triggers. For example, you can say “Ok Google, turn on the lamp 20 minutes before sunrise.”
The Scheduled Action feature seems to have started to roll out with users on Reddit claiming to have seen it. However, it is not yet clear if it is available to everyone.
Users can also cancel a scheduled action, such as famous by Google’s support page. GooFlipboard for Android now has dark mode. This comes after more than a year of introducing the same feature for iOS users returns a list of the user’s scheduled actions and prompts you to specify the ones you want to cancel. However, early users have reported that the cancellation process is not very straightforward.
The support page clarifies that the Google Assistant may have trouble recognizing temporary adverbs (tomorrow or next week, for example) and users will need to specify the exact date and time when scheduling a command. If a user doesn’t, the Google Assistant will return an error.
A report from 9to5Google famous that the Scheduled Actions feature is only limited to smart home commands and routines and will not work for scheduling actions such as playing music.