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Whirlpool Simplifies Voice Commands For Google-Connected Appliances

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Straight talk: Owners will soon be able to speak more plainly to their Whirlpool smart appliances.   

Straight talk: Owners will soon be able to speak more plainly to their Whirlpool smart appliances.   

Whirlpool is adding a host of improvements to its Google Home-enhanced appliances and the voice commands that control them.

The updates, revealed at this week’s Google I/O developer’s conference in Mountain View, Calif., reflect an ongoing collaboration with Google Home, the majap maker said.

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As part of the upgrade, users will no longer need to state the brand name of their appliance when issuing a voice command. Currently, a more lengthy command structure is required to complete an action, such as “OK Google, ask Whirlpool to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”

Going forward, that will be abridged to “OK Google, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”

The update will affect more than 25 connected models under the Whirlpool and Jenn-Air brands, which will then be officially certified as “Works with Google Assistant.”

Whirlpool also plans to extend Google Home’s capabilities to select models within its other brand families, which include Amana, Maytag and KitchenAid, and will infuse Google Assistant in its smart appliances worldwide, including Canada, Mexico, Europe and India.

“We’re thrilled to offer a better experience for our consumers with our smart appliances, not just in the U.S., but now around the world,” said Jason Mathew, Whirlpool’s senior director of Global Connected Strategy. “We’re constantly trying to improve, and have worked tirelessly to address consumer feedback and simplify the command process for those who are using this connected technology in their own homes.”

Whirlpool introduced more than 25 new smart appliances this year, representing its largest launch ever. Besides Google Home, the new voice-command models are also fluent in Amazon Alexa, and support Amazon’s Dash auto-replenishment program.

The new line can also be accessed via app on Apple Watch; works with Nest, Honeywell and Instacart; and is integrated with website Yummly to provide owners with personalized recipe recommendations.

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