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. Developers can now use the Actions SDK to build support for these languages into their apps. Google also made it easier for developers to code for different languages thanks to new templates. Moreover, the upgraded developer tools allow code writers to link actions deeper within their apps. This will eventually give end users more control over what each app can do via Actions. Another new functionality will help apps gather user location data mid-conversation. This means people won't need to start their queries over from the beginning if something changes. A dialog box will pop up so users can sort of location details when in the middle of a request. Last, the update will ensure that returning users aren't bothered with the same conversation starters again and again. Apps will be able to learn over time certain location details so end users can simply use the app without repeating or re-entering commands. Google says these expanded features are rolling out in pieces over the next few weeks.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
Google's Wear OS Brings Actions to Your Wrist
Google today said several new features are headed to Wear OS devices. First, Google smartwatches gain smart suggestions.
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.
Google's Shopping Actions Make It Easy to Buy Stuff from Search Results
Google today announced its Shopping Actions program, a way for retailers to surface their products in search results and ensure those products are easy to purchase. Google is bringing Shopping Actions to Google Assistant and Google Search, which will include a universal shopping cart on mobile devices, desktops, and Google Home products.