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Google Assistant Routines begin initial rollout, replaces 'My Day'

Google Assistant Routines begin initial rollout, replaces 'My Day'”

The news comes after Google Assistant rolled out to iPhones a year ago. Cody first discovered them in a Google app teardown last September, then they were officially announced in October, but Google was mum about them until last month when it said routines will launch "in the coming weeks in the United States".

The first wave of routines are Good Morning, Bedtime, Leaving Home, Commuting to Work, Commuting Home, and I'm Home. This feature, which allows a single phrase to initiate multiple commands, is launching in the United States and replaces the existing "My Day" feature. For now, if you're wondering what Routines will look like, 9to5Google was able to activate Good Morning and showed it off, proving you can set several activation phrases for it.

These routines will also change depending on who's talking to the Google Home, so if you have loaded your profile it will give calendar alerts specific to your account. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the US, as first spotted by Android Police.

Consumers can ask Google assistant to check the weather, control smart home devices, cast content to TVs via Chromecast and more. The commuting routines are only accessible from your phone, as you're likely to be on the go when using them. This seems to hint that the feature could be arriving soon, otherwise why would Google bother uploading the support pages so soon, right? Meanwhile, after running through these commands, users can have Assistant begin playing music, news, radio, podcasts, or an audiobook. Some smart home integrations are not yet available with routines, so although you'll be able to turn on lights and thermostats, Logitech accessories and others won't work yet.



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