Google Assistant Get's Is Most Significant Update Till Date

Google Assistant-enabled devices add custom commands as Actions gain notifications, playback controls

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

Google goes a step further, demonstrating Assistant's new abilities with a custom-built robotic arm that follows Google Assistant's instructions to sort socks, and even a custom beer ordering system built into a sofa.

However, when you do need to give the voice assistant instructions very specific to the device or app it will be talking to, it more often than not ends up depending on two things: One, the third-party would have to have included support for the existing plugin-esque "Actions" approach Google has taken to tackle these specifics, and two, you would have to instruct Google Assistant explicitly to talk to a certain product. The latest update adds more functionality to this feature.

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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Amazon's Alexa may have more "skills" and connect with more services, but when it comes to artificial intelligence smarts, Google Assistant has the competition beat (sorry Siri, it isn't even close). The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem.

Media-based actions have access to more playback controls 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. Additionally, users can now use voice commands to pause or replay media. Users can turn off the phone screen and still listen to the audio. TV channels like The Daily Show, Calm, and CNBC will have new features available for playback and general show information. For example, you can be notified of a stock price change or news alert as it happens.

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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