Google Assistant: Routines

It looks like today, Google Assistant is rolling out Routines - launching on Android, iOS and Google Home assistants.

Routines are basically multiple task strung together with one unifying command. Say for example you wanted to tell the assistant you are leaving home and to turn on the security cameras, lights, lock the door, and play soothing music for your dog, you will be able to do all of this with one simple command.

Routines can be found under the Home App Settings> More Settings >Routines.

It should be noted that as of this rollout, I only see the routines that they provided and do not have the ability to create my own. These include
  • Good Morning
  • Bedtime
  • Leaving Home
  • I'm Home
  • Commuting to work
  • Commuting home
Each will offer a pre-set list of items to include with the routine ranging from Take phone off silent to tell me about my commute, to weather as well as creating custom commands. Many of these offer some modification through a gear icon that includes further settings for that task.

It seems there are two sections of settings for the Routine which are what the assistant should do and then what the assistant should play (if anything). So for example you can have it tell you the commute, calendar, turn on lights, and then play the news. 

It also appears that My Day has been removed. This is essentially replaced by the routines that are appropriate like Good Morning or Good Afternoon routines mentioned above. Any settings you have for My Day will be mapped to the appropriate Routine so you don't have to recreate the wheel.

I think this is an awesome enhancement to the Assistant functionality, but hope they will allow for creating your own routines above and beyond the initial 6.