On November 18th (local time), Google announced new features for family-friendly smart displays for the upcoming holiday season.
The first feature is Family Memo, which allows you to create sticky notes on the screen of your smart display. When you create a memo with a command such as “OK Google, create a family memo”, the memo will continue to appear in the background of the smart display for 24 hours.
In addition, this memo is characterized by being displayed on all smart displays in the same house. Of course, if you check the memo, you can delete it on the spot. However, it cannot be set to be displayed only to a specific family member, and the memo will be displayed to anyone.
The second is a family location display function in collaboration with Life360, a child watching app. The “OK Google, where is my family?” Command will display a map on your smart display, showing you where your family is. This works not only for Life360 users but also for sharing the location information of Google Maps.
These features will be accessible later this year with the addition of a “Family” tab on the smart display.
If you have a smartphone for both functions, you can just send an email without leaving a memo, and you can also check the location information on Google Maps. However, not all family members have smartphones, and in such cases it is a useful function.
In addition, Family Bell, released in August , also adds new sounds and the ability to pause the bell. Unfortunately, Family Bell is only available in English in Japan and is not yet available in Japan. Therefore, it is unclear whether the functions added this time will also be deployed in Japan. However, at least for family memos, Japanese help is already available , so you can expect it.