Google knows hearing Assistant’s crisp and loud responses whenever you’re trying to sleep might be incredibly annoying. That is why it is switching its responses off when you ask the voice AI to turn off your connected lights through a Google Home or a Nest Hub device.
The tech giant even made the statement with a sample situation that might sound very familiar:
“You, about to go to sleep: ‘Ok Google, turn off the bedroom lights.’
Google Home responds, a bit louder than you would like: ‘Ok, turning off 2 lights.’
You, now wide awake, however at least the lights are off. “
After this update, the gadget will only reply with a chime to let that, yes, Assistant heard you and is now switching off the lights. It only applies if the device itself and the lights you are controlling are in the same room. However, that is actually all you want if you do not want to hear the AI’s voice whilst you’re halfway to dreamland.
Google says the change will have an effect on not just linked lights but also switches and plugs identified as lights. Which means a smart plug appointed as a “desk lamp” can be affected, for example. However, a plug only identified as “desk” will not be. In addition, it can apply to all light commands, not simply the one to turn the lights off, comparable to instructions to dim the lights or to increase brightness. The tech giant has already started rolling out the feature, and it’ll soon be accessible to all customers.