Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Google Assistant adds daily updates and push notifications for voice apps

Google Assistant adds daily updates and push notifications for voice apps

From multilingual support and more languages to Routines, Google has been on a roll in recent weeks adding new features to Assistant.

Google has opened up a "Fun House" in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest where they're presumably showing off all these cool new features, so if you're in the area head over and check them out. Apparently, starting this week, due to a new feature for Action that goes by the name Custom Device Actions, device makers will be able to extend the Assistant and add "native" functionality specific to their devices.

An abundance of user actions can be found in Google's latest updates to "What it can do".

Actions that are connected to Android apps also have new Assistant features en route. Today, in preparation for their big presence at SXSW, Google is announcing even more updates. This allows for more audio experiences like "longer meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, clips from your favorite TV shows and news briefings". For instance, if your oven has the Assistant built in, you could ask the Assistant to "set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees". Additionally, users can now use voice commands to pause or replay media.

Carousels are visual displays for Google Assistant voice apps that allow you to browse left to right on your smartphone.

On smart speakers, users will be able to control audio playback verbally, while Android devices gain standard media controls in the notification drawer and lock screen. According to a blog post by Google, Assistant Actions will now support "Custom Device Actions". Some of today's changes include media playback, Assistant-enabled devices, and subscriptions. For example, you can tell Assistant you want a daily update on cryptocurrency prices from CoinBase.

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. Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability.

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