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Google Assistant can now understand customized commands for third-party apps

Third-party app developers can now create custom commands when they have Assistant built into their apps.

  • Published: March 12, 2018 11:48 AM IST

Google Assistant is an interesting tool on Android smartphones that lets you perform tasks with voice commands. For instance, you can ask Google Assistant about weather updates, text or call someone from your contacts, turn Wi-Fi on or off, and much more. However, without third-party app support, that Assistant cannot be used at its full potential. Google understands that, and it is new opening gates to make the Assistant a lot more useful.

As of now, Google Assistant only supports universal commands such as ‘on, off, dim’ among others. But more support for more complex commands is missing. When third-party app developers built Assistant into their products, they can now add custom commands too. For instance, a smart dishwasher manufacturer can add support for Google Assistant command to ‘start a hypercycle.’

Google, on its blog, offered an example of how third-party app developers can make the most of custom commands. An oven manufacturer, for instance, can use the ability to program voice controls for specific tasks, such as, ‘set oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees.’ By handling some work to manufacturers, Google believes that the Assistant will become more helpful.

Besides custom commands, Google Assistant also gets better media playback features on smart speakers and Android smartphones. New features such as interactive stories, news briefings, TV show clips, relaxation sounds and more will soon be available on Google Assistant powered smart speakers.

Additionally, users can also use voice commands to pause or replay media. What’s more, TV channels such as CNBC, Calm, The Daily Show and others will have new features for general show information and playback. Lastly, users can also subscribe to notifications from actions, which will notify then about news alerts as and when they happen. Currently, the new functionality has been added to websites such as Esquire and Forbes.

  • Published Date: March 12, 2018 11:48 AM IST