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August smart lock gets better Google Assistant user experience

August smart lock gets better Google Assistant user experience
With a recent update, August Home has made its voice skills with Google Assistant easier to interact with the smart locks. The new Google Assistant skill supports August’s DoorSense, a technology allowing users to know whether the door is locked or unlocked, open or closed.

Users can simply say “Hey Google, is my door closed?” to check the status of the front door. In the past, users had to include the “Ask August” phrase in their commands to Google Assistant to execute the command. Now, a request like “Hey Google, lock my front door” will work naturally.

August is also extending its Google Assistant support beyond Google Home speakers. Users owning Android smartphones, iOS devices, smart speakers and other devices that support Google Assistant can be used to control their August smart locks.

To enable the new features, users will first need to change settings in the Google Assistant app and sign in with the August account.

The above features require the August locks to connect to home Wi-Fi. In other words, August device owners will need to have a August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge or an August Doorbell Camera to let these happen.
New features will work with August Smart Lock and August Smart Lock Pro models, which were introduced last September.

The third generation of the August Smart Lock features a actual thumb turn, allowing the users exactly turn and lock the door. And it has a double battery life than the previous model. The Smart Lock Pro lets users to integrate the lock with their alarm and entire home control systems, as well as Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit supports.

August Home operates now under Assa Abloy, the company that owns Yale brand.

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