Actions on Google get better media playback, more subscriptions, and custom commands

11 March, 2018, 03:01 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Google Assistant-enabled devices add custom commands as Actions gain notifications, playback controls

Like other audio content on an Android phone, actions using the media response API can be controlled from a phone's lock screen or notifications area.

This decidedly inelegant middle-step is what Google seeks to mitigate with its latest update to the Assistant, giving us a bit more of a natural-language interaction with it when performing such commands with Google Assistant powered devices by third-party manufacturers.

Actions on Google is essentially meant for developers to build integrations for Google's voice assistant.

Updates to Google Assistant will be released this week in addition to Custom Device Actions. Apparently, starting this week, due to a new feature for Action that goes by the name Custom Device Actions, device makers will be able to extend the Assistant and add "native" functionality specific to their devices. New features like TV show clips, relaxation sounds, news briefings, interactive stories, and more will be available.

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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).

Until recently, device makers big and small had to use the same Google Assistant regardless of whether they were making the Assistant work with phones, fridges or lights.

The Assistant was first rolled out in smartphones and Google Home speakers, but now it is present in many devices such as smoke detectors and alarm clocks. TV channels like The Daily Show, Calm, and CNBC will have new features available for playback and general show information. For example, you can tell Assistant you want a daily update on cryptocurrency prices from CoinBase. Google uses the instance of turning on a connected oven. Now you can say a more specific command such as "Ok Google, set the oven to convection and preheat to 350-degrees". Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability.

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