Based on invaluable input from the Google Nest community and feedback from our own internal trials, we're expanding the use of chimes to acknowledge smart home commands to control devices in the same room. For those who've asked for fewer verbal responses, this one's for you!
So what does this look like? To provide an example of how this will work, let's say you want to use Google Home to turn on the fan in the room you're in. After you've said, "Ok Google, turn on the fan," rather than hearing a verbal response like, "Ok, turning on fan," from the speaker / smart display, you'll instead hear a pleasant chime to confirm that Google is turning on your fan.
This functionality is already available for lights in the same room, but we'll be rolling out the use of chimes for additional devices in the next few weeks:
Your feedback is very important to us, so continue to let us know what functionality you'd like to see to make your smart home work even more seamlessly for your needs. The best place to discuss your experience is our Home Automation forum— there, you can share your home automations, troubleshoot routines, and connect with other smart home enthusiasts about how you're creating and customizing your helpful home. We've already started a discussion about expanded chimes usage over there we invite you to join us and leave your feedback!