was already one of our , and it already supported . Now, Abode tells CNET that it's expanding Google Assistant's capabilities to give users more control over their systems.
Specifically, you'll now be able to ask Google Assistant to control a wider range of Abode-supported gadgets, including smart locks, garage door openers, cameras and door and window sensors. Previously, users could only ask Google to control their lights, switches and smart plugs. You can also ask Google Assistant to arm your system. Disarm commands are supported too, though you'll need to provide a four-digit PIN code.
Abode supports voice controls via Alexa, as well -- a company spokesperson tells me that the new Google controls bring the two integrations more or less on par with one another.
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Expanded Google Assistant support makes Abode an even more appealing option for anyone who's already using a Google Home smart speaker or . If your Abode setup includes a camera or the , which includes a built-in camera, you can ask Google Assistant to pull up the feed on your smart display's screen just by saying something like, "OK, Google, show me the backyard."
In addition to viewing camera feeds, arming and disarming the system and turning lights on and off, you can also ask things like, "OK, Google, are any windows open?" and, "OK, Google, is the door locked?" Google Assistant can control your smart lock, too -- but as with disarming the system, you'll need to provide a PIN if you want to unlock it. Same goes for opening your garage door.
"We made a promise to provide customers with a Google Assistant integration that enabled users use their assistant-enabled devices across every Abode system application possible and this latest release delivers on that promise," Abode CEO Chris Carney says. "As new features and functionality become available to us, we will continue to update all of our integrations and partnerships."
Abode says the new Google Assistant voice controls are live now. You can click here for a full list of supported devices.