Google Assistant can now control GE’s lineup of connected microwaves. People can use voice commands to set their microwave and perform basic functions such as starting, pausing, stopping or adding time. The microwaves also have a scan-to-cook feature that automatically sets the microwave after you scan a frozen dinner’s barcode. GE’s smart microwaves are already compatible with Alexa, so the latest advancement will enable people with the virtual assistant of their choice. The current WiFi-capable microwaves owners can rope in Google Assistant with either the GE Kitchen Appliances app or Google Home app. People should download either app and follow the set-up instructions.
GE started announcing direct integration of the Google Assistant with a variety of its home appliances last year, including ovens and dishwashers. GE’s connected microwave will be the first that works directly with the Google Assistant. Other brands such as Whirlpool have built their own actions so that their devices can work with Google Assistant. Google needs support from big appliance-makers like GE to compete with Amazon. Point to be noted that Alexa has already made considerable work in the smart cooking market with connected microwaves, stoves, coffee makers and more.
Most people are still asking to connect everyday household appliances such as toasters, ovens or cookers to a smartphone or virtual assistant. All these depends on your culinary abilities, the kitchen can either be a dreaded or sacred space. Some people will also discover a new gadget helps with multitasking or saves them time in the kitchen, others may find them to be an unwelcome intrusion or simply unnecessary. It is noteworthy that the Amazon Basics microwave oven has Alexa built right in and it was an impressive piece of technology. The simple act of nuking a frozen meal in the microwave may already be the height of convenience.