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What's in store for the Google Assistant this year

The Latest: Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show What's in store for the Google Assistant this year
Terence Owen | 10 January, 2018, 11:06

There's no announcement on global expansion of the Assistant for Android Auto as yet, but it shouldn't be too far away once Google gets some solid install info from the US users.

According to The Verge (via Android Police), the previous implementation on Android Auto used Google Voice search. "It's been an exciting year to see the platform expand to new languages and devices and to see what [third-party developers have] created".

With the Assistant on your phone, speaker or TV, you can also check your fuel level, lock doors, and more. These actions can span a range of wide capabilities from language translation to online purchasing to games for kids and much more.

Today, Assistant is debuting in two more important places: screens, and cars.

What's in store for the Google Assistant this year
What's in store for the Google Assistant this year

The consolidated database is excellent for people new to the Google Assistant ecosystem and want to skim through its abilities. These include up to $200 of Google Cloud Credit a month, Google Assistant T-shirt, and even a Google Home.

Finally, Google is expanding Assistant further into existing categories, including TVs and headphones. Starting this week in the US, the Assistant is coming to Android Auto. This feature is already available on vehicles from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai and coming soon to Kia and Fiat Chrysler. In the near future, drivers will be able to reserve a parking spot with SpotHero or order a drink from Starbucks on the road.

Since the Assistant can do so many things, we're introducing a new way to talk about them.

Google's also updated the directory on phones. There are hundreds of applications to choose from, and Google's directory of them makes it easy to search through and find ones you might find useful. Seasoned users can also benefit from it as it lets them fine-tune their experience by allowing them to explore more commands. If last year's CES was the year of Alexa, Google Assistant is dominating the conversation in 2018.

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