Google Assistant "Routines" now available in the US

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Now, you can set location-based reminders using your Google Home speakers, according to a Tweet by Google.

Reminders on the Google Assistant are getting a whole lot more useful, with the ability to ask your Google Home to nudge your memory when you get to the store.

Routines helpfully allows you to group actions together, meaning users are no longer required to specifically activate each device (or ask for updates etc.) in their home - think the Google alternative to Amazon scenes. For example, "Hey Google, remind me to get chewing gum when I'm at the petrol station". All you have to do is tell Google Assistant that you want to be reminded of something when you are at a certain location.

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Google announced a year ago that its virtual assistant, Google Assistant, would be getting multistep routines that allow users to execute a number of actions by using only one voice command. For example, while you can specify a particular type of store to trigger a reminder - Walmart for groceries, for example, or Starbucks for coffee beans - there doesn't appear to be a way to define a specific store. There were a few hiccups along the path to get reminders to work on Google Home speakers, but that's a thing of the past now.

For now the selection of Routines offered by Google isn't the widest - essentially, there's just one ('Good Morning'). You can't, in our testing today, say that you need to collect clothes from a named dry cleaners, for instance. It can also be used to set reminders not related to shopping, for example, "Hey Google, remind me to drop the cheque off at the bank".

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