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Google Assistant Get's Is Most Significant Update Till Date

Google Assistant Get's Is Most Significant Update Till Date Google Assistant Get's Is Most Significant Update Till Date
Kristine Garrett | 10 March, 2018, 13:27

Starting today, thanks to a new feature for Actions called Custom Device Actions, device makers can extend the Assistant and add "native" functionality specific to their device.

Of all the features, the ability to issue complex commands seems most promising, as it'll significantly increase the number of things Assistant-powered devices can do.

Google is also adding in updated payment options for developers to tie into, with Assistant able to recognise that you have a paid for subscription in say Google Play and tie that to a command given in Assistant.

Ever since its inception a year ago, Google has been adding a ton of new features to the Google Assistant. Third-party developers create conversation-based actions on the Assistant, which means new Actions on Google will result in new Assistant features for users as well. The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem.

These will be two of several oddities available for users perusal at SXSW where Google will have a "Google Assistant Fun House" ready to roll.

The Assistant was first rolled out in smartphones and Google Home speakers, but now it is present in many devices such as smoke detectors and alarm clocks. It may be the most important Assistant update yet.

Starting today, users will have access to more media playback on smart speakers and Android phones. This allows for more audio experiences like "longer meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, clips from your favorite TV shows and news briefings". Voice commands can be used to pause or replay media, and a media player will appear on your phone. They will be able to turn off the display and still continue listening to the audio. TV shows like The Daily Show will have segments available for playback and general show information. Notifications, "better media playback", and other brand-name actions will be added within the next few days. For instance, you can be notified of news alerts when they happen.

Google Assistant is getting more versatile, with new features being announced at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. But before you get around to saying that, you'd have to also tell the assistant, "Talk to Todoist".

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