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Google Assistant to soon get support for keyboard input, gestures

A teardown of the latest beta version of Google Assistant hints at upcoming text-based conversations and search gestures as well.

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Google unveiled its AI-based Google Assistant at its I/O 2016 event. Much better than the pre-loaded Google Now voice assistant in Android smartphones, Google Assistant functions in a conversational manner with its users. The new Google Assistant is currently available only on the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL smartphones. Google s messaging app Allo does have Google Assistant integrated with the app which works through texting. Google Assistant s latest beta version (v6.10) has new features rolled out which brings text-based interaction and new gestures for Google Search. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year

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As per the teardown of the beta version s codes for Google Assistant, the possibility of a few features has come into light. The first feature of Google Assistant s latest beta version includes typing. Initially, one could ask questions to Assistant via voice commands, but with the latest update, one can simply type the questions like a one-to-one conversation. This feature is already available in Allo s Google Assistant. The feature comes with a change to the layout of the app, with the inclusion of a keyboard icon and a text box. Along with that the text box has Type something shown within it. One can tap on the keyboard icon after which the text box will appear and the conversation can begin henceforth. This feature could very well prove useful for situations where it can be difficult to speak out aloud.

The second feature that could soon be introduced on Google Assistant is called Search Gestures . As the name suggests, this feature could mean performing gestures like swiping down on the home screen. The details on this Search Gestures feature are still scarce. Some suggestions include swiping to open the search bar instead of tapping on the icon which will prove helpful for smartphones with large screens. ALSO READ: Google Assistant: I m feeling lucky includes surprise trivia game for Pixel and Pixel XL owners

Moving on, there could be a new feature for Google Assistant on Android Wear. The only information recovered was an option in the Settings menu for Google Assistant on Android Wear. This could be the option for users to choose a different language for the smartphone and a different one for the smartwatch. There is currently no word on when Google would be rolling out these features for Assistant, or if it would even include them in the app. Codes like these often show up and may take several months for the features to roll out. ALSO READ: How to get Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow smartphone in 9 steps

Google Assistant is undoubtedly one of the biggest features of the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, leaving Android users wanting one. Google Assistant when launched with the new and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) posed a direct threat to Apple s Siri and Microsoft s Cortana. The built-in Google Assistant allows users to ask questions like weather information, distance from one place to the other, or route from source to destination, and more. Pertaining to the questions asked, Google Assistant provides relevant information and can perform functions as well. It can perform functions on the relevant information provided like reserving tables at a restaurant, show distanced time for different locations. Google Assistant also allows pulling up information fro, third-party apps such as WhatsApp. ALSO READ: Google Assistant is coming soon in Hindi

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  • Published Date: January 9, 2017 3:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 9, 2017 3:33 PM IST


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