Google, last month, rolled out Android 11 on to millions of Android smartphones across the globe. Now, the company has started rolling out a bunch of new features to its AI-powered virtual assistant, that is, Google Assistant. One of those features is the support for third-party apps to Google Assistant.
Google Assistant is extending voice commands to Android apps. Now, you can say “Hey Google,” to not just open, which in turn would make using these apps a whole lot easier. Google has added this feature to around 30 of the top apps on Google Play, available in English globally, and will be extending it to more apps soon. This feature has already started rolling out. The tech giant also added two new English voices to Google Assistant; it used an improved prosody model to make the voices sound more natural.
“We’re extending the convenience of simple Assistant voice commands to work with your favourite Android apps,” Google wrote in a blog post adding that this update is available on all Google Assistant-enabled Android smartphones.
With this greater integration of Google Assistant with Android apps, you can now do things like listening to music, post on social media, order food, call for a cab, and more, with just your voice. You can also create custom shortcut phrases for your most common tasks, using Assistant. For example, you can create a shortcut to simply say, “Hey Google, lace it,” instead of “Hey Google, tighten my shoes with Nike Adapt”.
“People do a lot more with their apps beyond simply opening and searching within apps, and we want to enable voice commands to those frequent tasks, too,” said Adam Coimbra, product manager at Google, in a blog post.
Google introduced these new features, and more, on Google Assistant Developer Day. The search giant said that it wanted to make Android and apps more useful and convenient. It said the new app actions built-in intents will enable Android developers to easily integrate Google Assistant with their apps, and also help users to easily discover and engage with Android apps.
You can do things like asking Google to check the news on Twitter, find a playlist on Spotify, start your run with Nike Run Club, send a message to someone on Discord, open a celebrity’s story on Snapchat, with just your voice now.
Google also plans on rolling out CVC entry as a payment authorisation option for Smart Displays in early 2021.