Google Assistant Can Wake You Up With a Favorite Song

Google Adds New Features to Assistant on Speakers

It's one thing for Google Assistant to deliver your favorite news, but how about getting the assistant to read the news to you each morning?

And for Netflix users, Voice Match on the Google Home can now sync up your voice to your Netflix profile, so when you ask Google to play shows through Netflix on a Cast-enabled device, it'll stay on your profile with your watch history and TV show progress instead of mixing everything up with anything who might be using the Google Home in your house. To set an alarm to music, you previously needed to store the song you want on your device. It's a feature that came to rival Amazon Alexa in December, but there are some differences in how they are set up, and what each musical alarm is capable of.

You can either ask for an artist, like the above example, or request a specific playlist, album or song.

The feature seemingly works with whatever music service you have set by default, though we reached out to Google just to make sure. Of course, you might want to swap out "Kidz Bop" for real music, but you get the idea.

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The Assistant can already help you learn about actors or play a TV show, and now it can help you keep up with the TV shows you're into right now. The first lets you ask when your favorite show is on next, or what channel it's on, and Google will be ready with the info.

This is unusual, as Google Assistant can play radio stations when asked, just not as part of an alarm. You can set reminders to catch your favorite shows, too. This is all set to change now, as per a Google Blog post.

The only flaw I can see is that you can still turn off alarms with your voice, which isn't helpful if you'll do anything to silence your alarms in the morning. This new feature is similar to what Amazon introduced in December of past year for the Alexa-powered devices.

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