Google Lets Third-Party Products Include Custom Google Assistant Commands

Google Assistant just made a huge play for the Amazon Alexa device market

This will allow developers to integrate and explore the full-potential of their products, They can turn a regular appliance into a smart appliance, simply by adding Google Assistant and desired hardware support. Google thinks so, too, which is why it is enabling third-party companies, like Out of Milk, to create custom Google Assistant commands.

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.

Google's own voice assistant, Google Assistant is now updated with a new version which adds up a bunch of actions and more improvements to its user interface for the users of the assistant. It's a wonder that this, like many other features being added to Assistant, wasn't baked in from the get-go.




These zany abilities aside, Assistant now supports better media playback integration, extending its functions beyond just podcasts to TV shows, interviews and interactive stories, along with support for a better carousel inside the Assistant window for more convenient interaction with visual content.

Google Assistant is an interesting tool on Android smartphones that lets you perform tasks with voice commands. "Hey Google" and "OK Google" can be a real mouthful, whether you're me waking up and struggling to get the words out first thing in the morning, or an Italian grandma who can't quite get it right. These basically allow Assistant devices to understand more specific voice commands.

Additionally, users can also use voice commands to pause or replay media. Lastly, users can also subscribe to notifications from actions, which will notify then about news alerts as and when they happen. For instance, if your oven has the Assistant built in, you could ask the Assistant to "set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees".

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