Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

Kayla Schwartz | 04 October, 2018, 13:24

The blog post doesn't specifically say whether the update is rolling out or not, but we can assume it's now rolling out on iOS and Android over the coming days.

Developers and brands now have tools to take full advantage of the phone screen.

New controls for your smart home devices.

Google Assistant is one of the most common virtual assistants built into modern Android smartphones - even in phones that have their own proprietary AI, like Samsung's Bixby, Google Assistant makes an appearance.

Google Assistant is getting a new interface on Android devices that will make it easier to get things done and cut the number of steps as well. The new UI has sliders for certain elements, like when you ask the digital assistant to adjust the brightness of the lights in a room, which will let users select a brightness level directly for the optimal level. With the latest makeover, Google wants Assistant to be easier to control "whether you prefer to use your hands, your voice, or a combination of the two".

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The messaging interface is also changing, allowing you to use your fingers to quickly edit messages that you've dictated, such as to add a comma or change a word.

Given its widespread adoption and popularity, it's not hard to see why Google has put so much focus on making Assistant as user-friendly as it can possibly be.

This update also brings a new way to access your daily overview. The assistant will show curated information based on the time of day and your recent interactions with the Assistant when you swipe up.

Starbucks has already integrated this feature into its Assistant experience to give users access to their rewards account, a move that has reportedly doubled its conversion rate.

Google Assistant is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes.

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