Google has spent the past year trying to improve its smart assistant routines, single command shortcuts that bring a number of changes to your home. Earlier this year, the company announced the OneTip My Actions button, which lets you start routines with the Google Home app. And now, Google is quietly introducing a delay feature that lets you adjust certain steps in your routine when they start.
First seen by Reddit user / Droppedthe_ball, Delay Start allows you to set a timer for certain tasks within the routine. You can program your robot vacuum so you can turn on your “morning” 30 minutes after starting the routine, so you don’t have to listen to its annoying motor until you drink coffee.
With a lot of tweaking, you can use the delay in programming single command routines. But the feature looks a bit half-baked, as it doesn’t have the option to delay the command for seconds and it doesn’t work with pre-built routines like Good Morning. Google Assistant is still the best smart assistant when it comes to voice commands, but it takes a lot of work to get Alexa working.
Google hasn’t announced a delay start feature, but it looks like it’s launching in the Google Home app v188.8.131.52 for select users in the UK. Unless it’s a beta feature, which doesn’t seem to be the case, it should reach all Google Home users in the coming weeks.
Source: u / Droppedthe_ball via Android Central.