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Google Assistant learns to multitask

Google Home can now carry out three tasks at once.

Though Google Assistant has been able to multitask for a few months, Google had previously revealed it was working to improve support for multiple commands.

The function was accidentally announced on Twitter ahead of the official launch, with Made By Google tweeting: "You're not the only one who can multitask. Now Google Home can perform up to three queries at a time, so you can get more done."

But the function is expected to go live soon. Users will simply need to update to the latest firmware version. However, it will only work in English in the US, UK, Canada and Australia at first.

Previously, users found asking the assistant to, "Turn off living room and bedroom lights", posed a problem for the device, with only a command such as, "Turn off living room lights and turn off bedroom lights" accomplishing the task.

But the new updates has made the gadget smarter, so multiple commands should run more smoothly.

However, multiple commands must be kept simple so that Google Assistant doesn't need to ask further questions.

For example, you can't ask it to "Set an alarm and turn off lights and music", as the instruction is not specific enough.

A successful command would be, "Set alarm for 7am, turn off lights and music."

And in keeping with rival Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant, the "I'm home" command will now prompt multiple functions such as turning on light, heating and music.

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