Google makes it easier to create custom Assistant commands for devices

Google makes it easier to create custom Assistant commands for devices

This decidedly inelegant middle-step is what Google seeks to mitigate with its latest update to the Assistant, giving us a bit more of a natural-language interaction with it when performing such commands with Google Assistant powered devices by third-party manufacturers. It's similar to how at MWC Google announced that OEMs can create device-specific Assistant commands to launch custom hardware and software features. The new feature joins Built-in Device Actions, another recent addition to Assistant's development kit, which lets developers specify particular traits on a given device. The new support allows Actions to send alerts like "newly added workout, a change in a stock price, or a news alert, right when it happens". At SXSW, the company is showcasing all of this at a "Fun House" with custom smart robots that integrate with the Assistant.

Lastly, Google Assistant also now allows you to ask for periodic notifications from apps that support Actions, such as Forbes' "Quote of the Day".

Users can speak with Google Assistant devices by saying "OK, Google" followed by several new phrases starting today.

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The media response API introduced today allows developers to incorporate things like news briefs, clips from TV shows, and interactive stories, according to a blog post by Google Assistant product managers Brad Abrams and Chris Ramsdale. Furthermore, Actions will now support media playback on speakers and Android phones. Additionally, users can now use voice commands to pause or replay media.

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. Users can turn off the phone screen and still listen to the audio. Custom Device Actions are way to add specific functions to products. Google uses the instance of turning on a connected oven.

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.

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