Soon You Won't Have To Say 'Hey Google' To Launch Google Assistant

Terry Joseph
March 13, 2018

To make Assistant more useful and human-machine communication easier, Google has announced that it will now allow other companies to create custom commands when its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant is built into their products.

Ever since its inception previous year, Google has been adding a ton of new features to the Google Assistant.

As of now, Google Assistant only supports universal commands such as "on, off, dim" among others. This means that rather than choosing from a list of pre-defined voice commands, manufacturers of products that integrate with the voice assistant can program their own to be more relevant for their products.

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Actions on Google added 7 new languages and deeper integration with Android apps. Starting today, thanks to a new feature for Actions called Custom Device Actions, device makers can extend the Assistant and add "native" functionality specific to their device. For instance, a smart dishwasher manufacturer can add support for Google Assistant command to 'start a hypercycle'. There will be more items available to explore through this new Media Playback option on your device with new TV Show clips, new meditation songs and much more. But before you get around to saying that, you'd have to also tell the assistant, "Talk to Todoist".

The Media Player will be appeared on your phone and you can use voice commands to take full control over the media which you explore through your smart speakers and smartphones. Lastly, users can also subscribe to notifications from actions, which will notify then about news alerts as and when they happen. For example, if you want to set your oven to 15-degree temperature, you can just ask Google Assistant to do that for you without even touching the oven. Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability.

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