02 July 2019
Google appears to be bringing the Google Assistant access to third-party Chromebooks and accessories as well as a commit in the Chromium repository reflects the same. As spotted by Chrome Unboxed, all Chromebooks will have a quick shortcut to the Assistant via the Search+ A key combo. Note that Pixel Slate and Pixelbook already have dedicated Google Assistant keys on their keyboards and now Google looks to be working on bringing this virtual assistant to more and more Chromebooks so as to give rise to desktop-based assistants.
Also, accessories with similar buttons, for instance, third-party keyboards may also be able to connect to Chrome OS devices and be able to launch Google Assistant. Think about a mouse as well and a stylus that could let you trigger Google Assistant.
Going by the commit from the Chromium repository, it seems that the work is being done to democratize the Google Assistant hardware button.
With the change, manufacturers will be able to add Google Assistant right into their accessories. So, this would help Google’s efforts in getting the Assistant into as many hands as possible.
Google Assistant, unlike other virtual assistants in its competition, has a strong foothold in the market. It is already been embedded into so many devices and form factors so that the users could search their query by mere voice. From smartphones, tablets, Google Home, headsets, and now Chromebooks, Google Assistant is just rising and while its greater expansion is happening in the outside world, the virtual assistant is also growing from within by gaining new features via updates.