Google Assistant, whether you use it via your smartphone, from the Nest Mini placed on your bedside table or from the Nest Hub in the living room, has immediately supported the switching on and off of devices such as lights, electrical sockets, TVs and other smart devices , comfortably seated on the sofa, through a simple voice command. What he did not allow, up to this moment, was program switching on at the end of a timer or at a specific time.
Turn on the lights at a certain time with Google Assistant
If until now it was not possible to perform this simple operation, finally Google introduced timing support. The feature, already supported also by the Italian language and therefore fully functional even in our country, allows you to perform substantially two types of programming: the timed one, using the command “Hey Google, turn on the lights in 5 minutes” or the one programmed at a specific time, for which it will be enough to say “Hey Google, turn on the lights at 18”.
Google he must have forgotten some function though, which we hope will be able to update soon (also because it is foreseen by the official documentation): if there is a misunderstanding between what you meant and what the device has understood, it seems that at the moment it is not possible to undo the last command. For example, if you want to turn on the lights at 16.30 you will want to specify the time correctly, as Google Assistant could turn on the lights at 4.30 the following morning (as sometimes happens for reminders when you do not specify the time in 24-hour format). Trying to say “Hey Google, cancel” immediately after executing an incorrect command regarding the programming of the lights, we will simply not receive any response from the device.
Furthermore, currently it seems that this function cannot be used with smart electrical outlets. I personally tried to execute the command “Hey Google, turn on the TV socket in 5 minutes”, but the response received was “I’m sorry, I can’t program actions for devices configured as electrical sockets”. Nonetheless, fortunately the specific applications to which the smart sockets refer for some time now, they have been able to program the switching on and off of their devices. The convenience, of course, lies simply in the fact of being able to program this action without having to have the phone at hand, through a voice command. The number of commands supported by Google Assistant continues to grow, giving us a way to assume that, soon, these and many other functions will also be introduced.