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Google Assistant updated with new tasks; now serves you IMDB ratings, Mars weather and more

Google Assistant can now tell you when your food is expiring and what you can do with it

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Google has updated its Assistant with a host of new and improved features, letting the virtual assistant aid users further. Google Assistant can now keep track of a total over a dozen new tasks, ranging from checking groceries to entertainment-focused.

The new actions are available to all Google Assistant compatible smartphones. In order to add a new task to Google Assistant, the user must have the Google Home app installed. Open the app and go to Settings – Services—Download third party actions. You can now choose which tasks Google Assistant aids you in.

One of the biggest additions to Google Assistant is that now it can not only keep track of your food but will also be able to remind you which food product is reaching its expiry date or which products are already beyond their shelf life. Called ‘Chefling’, the new action will help you create recipes from leftovers or random food products you have in your fridge. Amazon’s Alexa already has a similar feature for its users. Google Assistant also has Beer and Wine guides to help you choose better.

The second biggest addition is the IMDB integration, which lets Google Assistant keep you updated on the popular choice. Apart from IMDB, there are also other entertainment options like horse races in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and France. If you’re inclined towards astronomy, Assistant will keep you updated with weather on Mars. Team Nina helps Google Assistant users stay aware about congenital heart disease. For the technology lovers, Assistant can now also help you build your own computer with step by step guidance. ALSO READ: Remember Google Latitude? Google Maps brings it back with real-time location sharing feature

Here are some questions Google recommends you ask Google Assistant:

Tell me the latest sports news
How do you make queso dip?
What time’s the Wisconsin game tonight?
And when you’re with your friends, try: “Tell me a sports joke.”

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  • Published Date: March 27, 2017 3:50 PM IST