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You can now send timely reminders to family and friends using Google Assistant

This could actually be really helpful.

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On Tuesday, Google announced a new feature for the Google Assistant that would enable people to send reminders to friends and family on their phone or their Google Home devices.

Google has titled the new feature Assignable Reminders.

Here’s how the new Assignable Reminders feature works with Google Assistant

You start off by simply triggering the Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” or by whatever shortcut you have set on your phone. After this, you can tell Google Assistant to remind someone something at a certain time.

For example, ‘ Remind Mom to bring orange juice at 9 a.m. ‘ or ‘ Remind David to walk the dog at 4 p.m.’. After this, Google will remind the person who you set the reminder for the time you set the reminder for on their phone.

This feature will also be available on the Google Home smart speaker, or a smart display which is integrated and works with Google Assistant. The person receiving the reminder can also replay the reminder by asking Google Assistant to show them a list of all their reminders. This feature can only be used if Google Assistant recognizes your voice using the ‘Voice Match’ feature.

These reminders can only be sent to people are already listed as family in your Google account or people who are linked and voice-matched to the same Google Home device.

Another neat feature built within “assignable reminders” is the ability to set reminders based on someone’s location. For example, you can set a reminder for a friend to pick you up something from the grocery store as soon as they reach the store.

Assignable Reminders will be rolling out in the next few weeks in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia.

What do you think? Is this a Google Assistant feature you could see yourself using? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Murtaza is a Computer Science student who takes immense interest in mobile technology. He believes the future of computing lies in smartphones because ARM architecture will eventually take over. He also loves to tinker with ROMs and kernels keeping up with the latest in smartphones.

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