Google Assistant is certainly going places. In the midst of MWC 2019, the year’s biggest mobile show, Google has announced intends to integrate its smart assistant across a number of Google-developed applications.
Only days prior to the announced closure of Google’s little-used messaging app, Allo, it seems like among its smarter features is living lets start work on the Messages texting app for Android.
Much just like the reply suggestions that appear at the bottom of email chains, users has decided to find their Messages app will offer possible responses to texts so as to make texting a much more seamless and convenient experience.
The Google Assistant AI will also bring up possible website links or Google searches users would like to make determined by their message chains though Google says your messages aren’t being read whilst it does so: “Information isnt shipped to the Google Assistant before you tap on the Assistant suggestion chips”.
The Messages feature is anticipated to get rolled out “over the approaching months” to Android phones.
Google Maps is additionally now compatible with voice commands, meaning users can ask Google Assistant to find out directions and alter routes within the app and in many cases message friends to let them know their expected duration of arrival. The feature is available inside US, but has now landed in the UK.
Google announced the modern AI support in a blog post regarding upcoming plans for the Google Assistant, including a dedicated button on new Android phones for quickly summoning the smart AI.
Google is clearly hoping to make the smart assistant an even more accessible, and invaluable a part of Android users’ lives, although it currently doesn’t prefer to choose this button ‘remappable’ as Samsung did using its respective Bixby button.
The upgrades for the assistant likewise incorporate support for six new Indic languages – “Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu” – and wider multilingual support for switching between two languages interchangeably. There’s also a new Voice Typing application to translate user speech into text “in a natural way”, even between different languages.