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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Google Assistant Now Works With All Major Home Appliances

Google Assistant, which allows you to control all the devices and appliances in your home with just your voice, can work with all types of connected devices, and now almost every major device brand works with the Assistant in the U.S.

Today, the Google Assistant can connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home - up from 1,500 this January. That includes cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, ovens.

With Google Assistant, you can watch movies and shows on your TV and play music. Millions of people already have access to the Assistant on smart TVs powered by Android TV. Google is also making it easy to turn any TV into a smart TV with Chromecast, so you can control what you're watching with the Google Assistant from smart speakers like Google Home.

Google Assistant is also helping you control set top boxes and remotes. Rolling out this month, DISH's Hopper family of receivers will work with the Google Assistant, so people in millions of U.S. homes can operate their TV using their voice and a Google Assistant device. It'll also be even easier to control home entertainment using Logitech Harmony hub-based remotes with the Google Assistant. The new, voice commands will let you go directly to your favorite channels, control volume, or pause a show.

Security cameras and smart doorbells let you keep tabs on activity around your home, and Google Assistant works with these devices. If you have a Nest Hello doorbell, the Assistant will alert you if someone rings the doorbell, sending a chime to your smart speaker or phone with the option to view the live stream right from your phone, TV or our new line of Smart Display devices available later this year. This Nest product was the first to ship with this feature, and Gogole will enable Assistant notifications on more home security devices from other popular brands later this year.

Google is also adding more popular security alarm brands that will now work with your Google Assistant, including ADT, First Alert, and Vivint Smart Home, smart door locks from August and Schlage, and home security cameras from Panasonic.

With the Google Assistant, you can control all the connected devices in your home, from lights, to thermostats, to appliances, all in one place. You can do this with your smart speaker like the Google Home Mini, or with the Google Assistant app on your smartphone, turning your phone into your own personal home control hub even when you're away from home.

Google recently announced support for IKEA lights and Deutsche Telekom's Magenta hub which enables dozens of devices to be controlled by Google Assistant. Google's partners are continuing to add even more devices that work with the Google Assistant across the home in the coming months, including ADT lights and thermostat, Xiaomi lights, Hunter Douglas window treatments, Hisense's H9E Plus and H9100E Plus TVs, Portable AC and Dehumidifiers, Arlo security cameras, and new LG appliances, which include everything from air purifiers to TVs.

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