Google Assistant: What is it?

Google first unveiled Google Assistant at its Google I/O conference in May 2016, pitching the new virtual assistant as an improvement of the experience in Google Now, as well as an expansion of Google’s existing “Ok Google” voice controls. While Google has been using voice search for years, Assistant builds upon a familiar platform in a whole new way, helping to better assist users in getting things done every day. Google Assistant is an ongoing two-way conversation that provides you with answers and information to whatever you may ask of it.

Here’s how Google explains its new assistant:

“The assistant is conversational – an ongoing two-way dialogue between you and Google that understands your world and helps you get things done. It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that perfect restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the movie starts, and then help you navigate to the theater.”

Google Assistant: How does it work?

Google Assistant is designed to be conversational. That means you can ask a question and then ask several follow-up questions, and Google Assistant will be able to keep track of the conversation, determine context, and audibly respond with the right information.

Google Assistant: Which devices are compatible?

Google Assistant is available on the Google Pixel smartphones, as well as Google Home and the Google Allo app.

My focus will be on Google Home and I’ll have a series of article on my journey in building an “action” which I always wanted.


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