Google Assistant takes big step forward with support for custom commands

Audrey Hill
March 13, 2018

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). It may be the most important Assistant update yet. Notifications, "better media playback", and other brand-name actions will be added within the next few days. Google will allow developers of Actions to plug into digital purchases including paid app purchases, in-app purchases, in-app subscriptions and the likes.

Google is continuing to improve their technologies and products this year from the new updates in Chrome Browser to the first ever Google iMessages App for iOS and now they are changing Google Assistant completely in such a way that it will blow your mind.

Google's AI-based virtual assistant just added another skill up its sleeve.

LG has taken the advantage of this.

Google Assistant is an interesting tool on Android smartphones that lets you perform tasks with voice commands. Similar to Alexa, speakers powered by Google Assistant will get features like interactive stories, news briefing, TV shows clips, and more.

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Additionally, users can also use voice commands to pause or replay media.

As of now, Google Assistant only supports universal commands such as "on, off, dim" among others. For example, you can tell Assistant you want a daily update on cryptocurrency prices from CoinBase.

Despite having support for many third party partner apps, the support for complex commands on Google Assistant was missing. This update comes almost two weeks after Google announced that by the end of 2018, Google Assistant will be able to understand and speak 30 languages, thus covering almost 95 percent of Android users.

To showcase some of the imaginative ways people are using Actions, we're building a Google Assistant Fun House at SXSW.

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