Google announces Assignable reminders to keep you organised and productive

Google has announced the launch of Assignable reminders on Google Assistant. They’re designed for several people who are living under one roof and allow you to do things like delegate jobs to other occupants. Some examples include creating a reminder for your partner to pick up the groceries, or reminding your roommate to pay their share of the rent each month.

The new reminders can be set up in multiple ways, for example, you could say “Hey Google, remind Greg to take out the trash at 8pm”, a reminder will be sent immediately and another reminder will be sent at 8pm on the off-chance that the initial reminder was forgotten about. You can also say “Hey Google, what are my reminders for Greg?” to pull up the reminders you’ve issued.

If you don’t know an appropriate time to set a reminder, you can use location-based reminders. For example, you could say something like “Hey Google, remind Claire to pick up flowers when she gets to the San Francisco Ferry Building.” The Assistant will then send a reminder to Claire when it works out that she has arrived at the Ferry Building.

Google has ensured that the system is difficult to abuse; users can only send or receive reminders from people in their Google family group or those who have their accounts linked to the same Smart Display or speaker as you and are Voice Matched. The person who you want to send messages to must also be in your Google Contacts. You can block reminders too from the Assignable reminders section in Assistant Settings.

The new feature will be rolling out in English on phones, speakers and Smart Displays in the U.S., U.K., and Australia over the coming weeks.

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