As more and more children learn from home, Google decided to intervene and give the appearance of school everywhere. The company started with useful features such as Family Bell, ambient noise at school, and more. Now it introduces new useful features such as sticky notes and interactive stories for your smart screens.
As part of the rollout, Google is introducing a new Family tab in the updated interface. On the Family tab you will find interactive stories from which to start Noggin, Capstone, and more. You can flip through pages, watch animations and follow word for word.
You will also find the Family Notes option, which allows you to leave a sticky note for all to see. You don’t have to use that for school supplies either, it can be a reminder to preheat the oven or take out the trash. You can of course start a story or leave a note with your voice. Just say ‘Hey Google, leave a family message’ or ‘tell me a story’. Then follow the instructions.
Google also has another feature that allows you to track the family, specifically their location. If your child is 13 or older (or the applicable age in your country), you can create a Google Assistant account and link it to your family. Then you can request their location on your Google Assistant display, and it will show up on Google Maps or Life360 if you are a subscriber.
You can request the location of your family on smart displays, speakers and even your iPhone or Android phone. You can either say, ‘Hey Google, where’s my family’ or ask for a specific person. If you prefer to tap, the family location feature will be added to the new Family tab on smart displays.
The features are rolling out now so you should have it soon if you don’t see it on your devices yet.