Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

In a blog post, Group Product Manager, Brad Abrams & Product Manager Chris Ramsdale outlined new features coming to Assistant which includes Subscriptions, better Media Playback controls and the ability for OEMs to add custom commands to their devices.

Meanwhile, expanded notification features for Assistant Actions are now out of beta. Before, manufacturers were limited to commands built by Google like "turn on", "turn off", and "turn the temperature down" to control different devices.

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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.

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

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Users can speak with Google Assistant devices by saying "OK, Google" followed by several new phrases starting today. While on its own the Google Assistant isn't there just yet, with some creative makers and developers, it's well on its way.

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. This allows for more audio experiences like "longer meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, clips from your favorite TV shows and news briefings". Google uses the example of turning on a connected oven. Voice commands can be used to pause or replay media, and a media player will appear on your phone. Earlier, users would say something like, "Ok Google, turn on the oven", now they will be able to give more detailed commands like, "Ok Google, set the oven to convection and preheat to 350-degrees". Today, in preparation for their big presence at SXSW, Google is announcing even more updates.

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Assistant will now also be able to show you information in a carousel like view within the Assistant panel. 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".

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