Google Assistant takes big step forward with support for custom commands

by Fredrick Graves Марта 13, 2018, 4:29
Google Assistant takes big step forward with support for custom commands

These custom commands were confined to apps that were created to control Assistant-paired devices.

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.

Google's latest update for Assistant will enable developers to add custom voice commands for their devices.

As of now, Google Assistant only supports universal commands such as "on, off, dim" among others. However, without third-party app support, that Assistant can not be used at its full potential.

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An example the company cites is the distinction between a general instruction that goes "Turn on the oven" and the more specific "Set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees". 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. Developers can now integrate custom commands while adding Assistant support for a specific device. 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.

However, until now they've been limited by needing to make their devices work with Google's pre-defined voice commands such as "on", "off", and temperature settings, which can be very limiting. Voice commands can be used to pause or replay media, and a media player will appear on your phone. For example, you can be notified of a stock price change or news alert as it happens.

If you're at SXSW this week, Google wants to show off its Google Assistant Fun House where they showcase some imaginative ways people are using the digital assistant to automate actions. Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability.

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