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Google Assistant Lets You Send Reminders To Friends and Family


If there was some sort of an event or appointment you know for sure your friends or family members are bound to forget, Google Assistant will now allow you to be extra annoying about it from now on. Instead of calling them or reminding them about it in person, you can rely now on Google to send a notification on their phones or Smart Displays about it. 

Assignable reminders on the Google Assistant help families and housemates better collaborate and stay organized while at home or on the go,” Google said. “This means you can now create reminders for your partner or roommate to do things like pick up the groceries, pay a recurring bill, walk the dog — or send them a note of encouragement when they need it the most (‘Hey Google, remind Mary that she will do great on tomorrow’s exam.’)

By simply saying something like “Hey Google, Remind Jennifer  about the birthday party at 7 p.m”, your friend or family member will be notified about it. 

For this to work though, there are some boxes you all need to tick off: first, the recipient of your reminders has to be in both your contact list and in your Google Family group. If you want the notifications to work on a Smart Display or a speaker, you will also have to set up a Voice Match for them.

If the reminders are intended for children under 13, these can be setup by their parents via Family Link

The feature will only be available in English for the time being, for phones, speakers and Smart Displays in the U.S, U.K and Australia. 

And yes, you can totally block people from sending you these reminders, via a toggle you can find in the Assistant Settings menu (you’re welcome).

 The feature will start rolling out as of September. 

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