Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


Google Assistant redesign adds bigger visuals, simple smart home control

Google Starts to Monetize Voice By Bringing Paid Digital Goods, Subscriptions to Google Assistant Google Assistant has bigger images and new interactive elements
Melba Vasquez | 04 October, 2018, 18:59

Another scenario highlighted by Google Wednesday: "Castle Master", an interactive audio adventure for smart speakers and other devices with access to the Google Assistant, now lets users buy add-on packs to unlock additional gameplay through one-time purchases.

Google Assistant is one of the most common virtual assistants built into modern Android smartphones - even in phones that have their own proprietary AI, like Samsung's Bixby, Google Assistant makes an appearance. It has taken a while for these updates to roll out, but we've seen a few of them trickle in over the last few months. The company is calling these "rich responses" and is providing developers with a set of pre-made visual components which they can easily use to extend their Assistant actions. These new monetization options will be available both through devices like the Google Home smart speaker, as well as Google Assistant-powered smart displays and phones.

In order to sync the sale of digital goods directly in the Assistant to sync across various applications, Google has also launched a new sign-in service for the assistant.

There are also some new tools for developers to use. Once you're in the Assistant (Long press that home button) and swipe up on your screen to see a list of what's happening in your day and recent interactions with the Assistant.

"Starbucks now has thumbnails to select from recommended items on their menus, Food Network has larger images of their recipes, and FitStar uses GIFs to give you a preview of your workout", Bronstein added. As you might expect, it leverages location and time of day. Besides that, Google has also announced support for digital goods and subscriptions, and Google Sign-In for the Assistant. Google, in a blog post, mentioned all the changes that have arrived as a part of the Google Assistant makeover.

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