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Verbal feedback when shutting lights via Google Assistant

  • 13 September 2020
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So I'm a huge sonos fan, and recently upgraded to the Beam, which is my first sonos device with Google Assistant support.

One thing that google has improved is reducing how chatty the google nest mini is when you turn off lights. You can see them turn off, so having it tell you that it turn them off is a bit over the top.

I noticed the Beam does the old behavior of repeating back which lights are being turned off.

I'd love to see the Beam updated to not do this.

More Info:

https://support.google.com/googlenest/thread/10509024


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Since i didn’t actually ask a question... 

When will Sonos support this?

:)

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Hi @jlacivita, thank you for reaching out.

It will be up to Google to make the changes, the Sonos system mainly uses the Voice service to interpret voice commands.

Also, the only page I could find on this topic is this from Google support Choose the voice of your Google Assistant.

There’s a speech output setting on the page, however I’m not sure if it works on speakers.

I’ll tag this thread as a feature request, so our engineers can discuss this with Google. 

If you have other concerns, feel free to reach out.

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Hi @jlacivita, thank you for reaching out.

It will be up to Google to make the changes, the Sonos system mainly uses the Voice service to interpret voice commands.

Also, the only page I could find on this topic is this from Google support Choose the voice of your Google Assistant.

There’s a speech output setting on the page, however I’m not sure if it works on speakers.

I’ll tag this thread as a feature request, so our engineers can discuss this with Google. 

If you have other concerns, feel free to reach out.

The speech output setting only works on smartphones and tablets.

It wouldn’t make sense on smart speakers anyway, since you wouldn’t even get a verbal response when asking for the weather or the time and since the info cannot be displayed anywhere there would be no point of having Google Assistant at all.

I couldn’t agree more with the OP, not having this feature is really annoying, especially since there’s no night mode on Sonos devices like there is on Google’s own and other third party speakers.

Really jarring when asking to turn off the lights when it’s late and people near you are asleep and having the Assistant blare out, “OK. TURNING OFF BEDROOM LIGHT.”

The chime would make not having night mode a bit more bearable at least, but that feature isn’t available either, which is a shame.

Hell, never mind the Assistant volume issue being discussed in this forum, you don’t even get a separate alarm volume when setting alarms using Google Assistant!

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