Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

Google Assistant-enabled devices add custom commands as Actions gain notifications, playback controls Google Assistant gets slew of new features, better 3rd party integration
Terence Owen | 11 March, 2018, 02:01

Earlier, developers were able to create custom commands to an extent using Actions, which essentially are apps that users control with their voice when talking to Google Assistant. The company calls this addition Custom Device Actions.

Carousels are visual displays for Google Assistant voice apps that allow you to browse left to right on your smartphone.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Actions on Google added 7 new languages and deeper integration with Android apps. Like other audio content on an Android phone, actions using the media response API can be controlled from a phone's lock screen or notifications area.

Hearn tells Fury he can make Joshua fight happen - on one condition
Parker: "Because I'm prepared, I'm going to come ready, I'm going to be in the best shape and I'm sure you'll do the same". He said: "I am not sure if the USA is imminent but I would expect him to box in America in the next 12 months".

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. Basically, this means that Google Assistant users will have access to more audio experiences, including relaxing sound, clips from favorite TV shows, as well as news briefings. Google uses the instance of turning on a connected oven.

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. Voice commands can be used to pause or replay media, and a media player will appear on your phone. TV shows like The Daily Show will have segments available for playback and general show information. The subscriptions were one of the original features of Google Assistant when it was launched, however, the update brings more new things in this feature such as daily updates and push notifications. But before you get around to saying that, you'd have to also tell the assistant, "Talk to Todoist". For example, you can be notified of a stock price change or news alert as it happens. Esquire and Forbes are some of the websites that have added the new functionality.

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