NAB creates app for Google Assistant

Todd Singleton
October 6, 2017

To recall, Google Assistant on Android is part of the Google Search app (aka Google app) and Google Play Services, unlike on iPhone, where it is a separate app.

The Google Play Store is central to any Android device, well at least for the average Android user. Google Assistant will be the central AI technology that threads together the company's growing variety of devices, including mobile phones, laptop computers, smart speakers and parent company Alphabet's Nest brand of smart home products. Not much has been revealed for this APK version other than it is intended for all devices, including Android Wear and Android TV.

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We've contacted Google for comment and will update this story when we hear back. But for the time being the future of Android Wear is uncertain, beyond the Android Wear app remaining up-and-running in the Play Store. But, we will update this space if we discover anything new in this particular version of Google Play Store. It allows you to quickly access your Google Assistant with one tap. You can ask it to perform different functions on your phone like playing music, playing a specific movie or getting a list of all the movies of your favorite actor or sending a message to someone.

The more likely explanation at this stage is that Google is looking to emphasise the "Made By Google" moniker, and, since it hasn't actually outright "made" a smartwatch, the LG pairing don't fit with the rest of the Store's line. You can also use it to set reminders about anything. The new app sports a modernized interface that is fast and fun to interact with, and has conveniences like offline sync and personalized push notifications baked-in, front and center.

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