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Google Assistant gets slew of new features, better 3rd party integration

Google Assistant gets slew of new features, better 3rd party integration

Earlier, developers were able to create custom commands to an extent using Actions, which essentially are apps that users control with their voice when talking to Google Assistant.

Not really the showiest of SXSW announcements, but Google's got a nice little update for developers looking to differentiate Assistant integration on a product level. For example, you can tell Assistant you want a daily update on cryptocurrency prices from CoinBase. To showcase to the new feature, Google apparently made a laundry sorting robot and beer ordering system, both of which will be on-hand at the company's Assistant Fun House in Austin.

Google Assistant Interactions

Also starting today, Actions will support media playback and controls on speakers and Android devices. The subscriptions were one of the original features of Google Assistant when it was launched, however, the update brings more new things in this feature such as daily updates and push notifications. Basically, this means that Google Assistant users will have access to more audio experiences, including relaxing sound, clips from favorite TV shows, as well as news briefings. Called "Custom Device Actions", OEMs will be able to add custom commands for their devices. Additionally, users can now use voice commands to pause or replay media. The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem.

On smart speakers, users will be able to control audio playback verbally, while Android devices gain standard media controls in the notification drawer and lock screen. There aren't many examples of hardware with built-in Assistant yet, but developers will be able to include custom commands in them going forward. Esquire and Forbes are some of the websites that have added the new functionality. For instance, if your oven has the Assistant built in, you could ask the Assistant to "set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees".

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