Just a couple of weeks ago, Actions on Google added 7 new languages and deeper integration with Android apps. The new feature joins Built-in Device Actions, another recent addition to Assistant's development kit, which lets developers specify particular traits on a given device.
If you find yourself using Google Assistant frequently, you may have realized that there's a lot it can do within the realm of general instructions like "raise the room temperature", or "turn on the lights" that don't particularly require intermediary support from the connected third-party appliance or program. Previous carousels made available to developers could be used for visual aids but were made primarily to lead back into a voice experience.
An abundance of user actions can be found in Google's latest updates to "What it can do". For example, you can be notified of a stock price change or news alert as it happens.
Google Assistant is getting more versatile, with new features being announced at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. On your phone, audio from Actions will produce a media notification you can use to manage playback as well. Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability. The company calls this addition Custom Device Actions. These basically allow Assistant devices to understand more specific voice commands. For example, if a washer has a specific color cycle, you could activate that cycle simply by asking the Google Assistant.
Amazon's Alexa may have more "skills" and connect with more services, but when it comes to artificial intelligence smarts, Google Assistant has the competition beat (sorry Siri, it isn't even close). But before you get around to saying that, you'd have to also tell the assistant, "Talk to Todoist".
Developers can take advantage of most of these features right now. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.