Google’s new Google Home assistant has been released this week, and is rival to the Amazon Echo. Both of voice activated, so is it possible for them to talk to each other? In fact, the answer is yes. They can keep talking to each other without end, assuming that you arrange things right.
Danny Sullivan discoveered this in the way all good things happen, with one of his kids tryiing to make both device lose their minds. Eventually, his youngest son played around with them enough to get them talking to each other…incessantly.
After some playing around, a final recipe was discovered that would cause the two devices to speak to each other.
If you have both devices, check this out!
On the Echo, create a shopping list that has six items. It’s very important that it’s six. The items can be anything, but the second item from the top should be something you think will cause Google Home to talk for a bit. Try things like “pizza” or “weather.” For our test, we went with “What is Mr. Robot.” You know, like the TV show.
The first item on the top — which will be the last item you add, because the most recent items get read first — should be “OK Google.”
Here’s how the list looked:
After this, ask Alexa on the Echo to read your shopping list. It’ll say “Ok Google,” which triggers Google Home to listen. THe next item tells Google Home what to search for. Google Home will ignore the oher items on the list, buecause it’s busy answering what it was asked.
The magic is when Alexa gets to the fifth item. That’s all she’ll read unless told to do more. But as it turns out, if she hears anything at all, she’ll start reading the list all over again. And if Google Home is still reading its answer, that sets Alexa off, and the loop is put into motion.
Here’s the final product: