Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

The new Actions will make the developers enable to make the most of this Google Assistant to add up the Google Assistant integration to their apps. The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem.

Updates to Google Assistant will be released this week in addition to Custom Device Actions. You'll be able to subscribe to notifications from Actions. Third-party developers create conversation-based actions on the Assistant, which means new Actions on Google will result in new Assistant features for users as well.

These zany abilities aside, Assistant now supports better media playback integration, extending its functions beyond just podcasts to TV shows, interviews and interactive stories, along with support for a better carousel inside the Assistant window for more convenient interaction with visual content. There aren't many examples of hardware with built-in Assistant yet, but developers will be able to include custom commands in them going forward.

Users can speak with Google Assistant devices by saying "OK, Google" followed by several new phrases starting today. 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.

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Developers can take advantage of most of these features right now. You can pause, skip or do whatever you want to do using an appropriate command to the Google Assistant. For example, you can tell the Assistant to "set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees." all in one command.

Today's new features are especially geared towards the smart home and better integrating those gadgets with Assistant.

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. It also means you won't have to use the annoying "Talk to [blank]" command. These basically allow Assistant devices to understand more specific voice commands. Users can expect to see these features roll out as they get adopted.

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