21 October 2020
Google Assistant is receiving one of the biggest upgrades that give it more power to control your entire day even better. Until now, you might be using it for some basic stuff, including playing songs, knowing about the weather, setting reminders, and so on. Other than these, Google Assistant on Smart displays unlocks more of its capabilities and lets you do even more. But Google Assistant still feels pretty under-utilized. However, that does not mean that the company is not doing anything for it to evolve. We have seen Google pushing new updates and features to make its virtual assistant more polished and capable at the same time.
One such upgrade is now coming that aims to make Google Assistant more worthwhile and an integral part of our routine. As announced by Google via a blog post, Google Assistant has gained deeper integration with third-party apps so that you could command it to perform more than just opening the apps.
Starting today, users will be able to search within third-party apps, hence reducing the number of taps that you would otherwise take to search for something by going inside the app. You can ask the Google Assistant to check the news on Twitter; Simply say “Hey Google, Check news on Twitter,” or “Hey Google, order a smoothie on Postmates.” You can also send messages using third-party apps, like say “Hey Google, send a message to [receiver’s name] on Discord.”
So, Google has partnered with many app makers to bring this new capability to you. Currently, more than 30 of the top apps on Google Play are available with this feature. These include Spotify, Discord, Etsy, Snapchat, Twitter, Uber, Walmart, Postmates, and more. So, from searching something within the app to looking for something specific, Google Assistant can do that now.
Interestingly, Google is supporting Nike’s Adapt sneakers as well. Just say “Hey Google, tighten my shows with Nike Adapt.”
Furthermore, Google is pushing its AI assistant even deeper into these selected apps by letting you create custom shortcut phrases. So instead of saying “Hey Google, tighten my shoes with Nike Adapt,” you can create a shortcut to just say, “Hey Google, lace it” and Google Assistant will understand that this command is meant for the already linked Nike Adapt. Note that the custom actions capability has been available with Google Assistant for a long time now, it’s just that the capability has now reached many other apps.
It is great to see that the integration with third-party Android apps capability actually harnesses the power of Google Assistant