Google Home owners were in for a surprise today when they asked for a summary of the day. An advertisement for the opening of the movie Beauty and The Beast played right after. A Reddit user posted a story about how he was given all the day’s info with a quick audio advertisement. Some of the internet users are thrilled some find it rather funny. Others think this is a violation of privacy.
Google Home Random Ad?
When you ask Google Home “What’s my day like?” it tells you about the traffic ahead and the weather. However, this time it ended with a note saying “By the way, Beauty and The Beast open in theaters today. In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer if you ask me.” Then it states that you can ask questions about Belle if you want to.
The ad was blended seamlessly into Google Home’s voice. So you don’t think it is any different from the ordinary. But some people were not happy about it. The Verge contacted Google, but Google denied that it was an ad. They said, “This isn’t an ad; the beauty in the Assistant is that it invites our partners to be our guest and share their tales.” It does sound like it is an ad.
However, Google sent a follow-up statement too which stated–
[quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]This wasn’t intended to be an ad. What’s circulating online was a part of our My Day feature, where after providing helpful information about your day, we sometimes call out timely content. We’re continuing to experiment with new ways to surface unique content for users, and we could have done better in this case.[/quotes]
Will this be a trend now?
It sounds like more such ads are about to come. So the next time you ask Google Home how your day is going to be, listen up carefully. You might be cleverly sold into watching that movie which released this weekend.
But we think that Google is slowly realizing that it might turn off customers to hear such ads. Plus, it is rather uncalled for right in the middle of a preview of the day. But it is not the worst thing and we don’t know if Disney actually paid Google for the preview. It has surely rubbed the Google Home owners in the wrong way.