Google Lets Third-Party Products Include Custom Google Assistant Commands

Actions on Google is the developer side of Google Assistant integrations. Google will allow developers of Actions to plug into digital purchases including paid app purchases, in-app purchases, in-app subscriptions and the likes. To showcase to the new feature, Google apparently made a laundry sorting robot and beer ordering system, both of which will be on-hand at the company's Assistant Fun House in Austin. New things like meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, and even clips from TV shows will be available. Users can turn off the phone screen and still listen to the audio. Now, Google could do one better by letting you pick your own word to wake up its assistant, at least according to some code spotted in the latest update to the Google app. It may be the most important Assistant update yet. So if you are from Developers side, you will be happy to get started with this new updated Google Assistant app. Aside from that, Google announced that users will soon be able to subscribe to notifications on their phones from their favorite Actions, which will allow them to receive information there are interested in, such as stock price, news alerts, quotes and so on. Currently, the new functionality has been added to websites such as Esquire and Forbes.

Besides custom commands, Google Assistant also gets better media playback features on smart speakers and Android smartphones.

Before now, users had to invoke an Action by saying "talk to LG" before issuing a command but now a user can directly say what he or she wants LG's connected appliance to do making the process much faster and interaction more natural. In the example of adding an item to your Out of Milk shopping list, you have to say, "OK Google, talk to Out of Milk", first, and then say, "Add broccoli".

An example the company cites is the distinction between a general instruction that goes "Turn on the oven" and the more specific "Set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees".

  • Joe Gonzales