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Google Actions for Assistant Work Better Within Apps

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Feb 26, 2018, 11:53 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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