Update to Google Home being pushed out starting today, enables new smart home features

Update to Google Home being pushed out starting today, enables new smart home features

Getting an odd message of "Hi, I need an upgrade" or similar on your Google Home when you try to ask it something? Google is pushing out an update that, well, needs a little bit of assistance before you can take advantage of new features for your smart speaker.

According to an email sent today to Google Home customers and a new support article, Google says that "We’re rolling out a software update to help you continue to use smart home devices and try new features on Google Home." Unfortunately, Google doesn't elaborate on what these additional features could be but they're most likely related to features it has announced in the past, most recently at this year's Google I/O. This does appear to be the first such Google Home upgrade that actually requires user intervention, as most other upgrades are done silently and automatically, including the most recent phone call feature addition.

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To manually check to see if you need an upgrade, just ask Google Home to do some home automation task like "turn on the lights" and it will let you know if the upgrade is required. If you do need to upgrade, you can do so either through the Google Home app or the Google Assistant app, depending on which one you originally used to link-up your devices. The upgrade process requires un-linking and re-linking your devices, and re-assigning them to rooms. For those who have quite a few devices, this could be quite a pain...so hopefully the new features will be worth the time spent re-linking devices!

As of this time, my own Google Home has not asked me to upgrade. I'll report back when it does!

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