Devs Gain Access to Even More Google Assistant Functions
Google today updated the Google Assistant SDK for developers and in so doing expanded the number of things developers can do with the voice-based assistant. To start, Assistant is now available in more languages and locales, including English (Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.), French (Canada, France), German, and Japanese. The refreshed SDK makes it possible for end users to further tweak their Assistant-powered (non-mobile) devices, such as manually configure street address or set location via longitude/latitude. Google says this will improve results for location-based queries, such as "Ok Google, where's the nearest coffee shop?" Other new powers in the expanded SDK include support for text-based queries and responses, and more control over device-based actions for smarthome hardware. Developers can download and begin using the updated Google Assistant SDK from the Google Developer web site. It will be up to developers and device makers to build these functionalities into their apps and products.
Google Actions for Assistant Work Better Within Apps
Google today improved its Actions on the Google Assistant in several ways that should expand its reach and usability. To start, Actions on Google gain support for seven new languages (Hindi, Thai, Indonesian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Dutch), making for a total of 16.
Google Endows Assistant with More App Smarts
Google today announced a comprehensive update to the Google Assistant. Most of the changes are meant for developers, but everyone will benefit from Assistant's improved ability to interact with third-party applications.
iPad Earns Its Own Version of Google Assistant
Google today announced a new version of Google Assistant specifically built for the Apple iPad. Google says Assistant on iPad can do all the same things Assistant can do on the iPhone, and yet it takes advantage of the added screen real estate of the iPad to display more information.
Google to Let Anyone Build Assistant Into their Hardware
Google today released an SDK that developers can use to add the Google Assistant to all manner of different gadgets and devices. Assistant made its debut in the Allo messaging app, and later arrived on Pixel smartphones, Google Home, Android Wear smartwatches, and other hardware.