Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

Google Assistant and the paradox of “Tomorrow”

The only problem is that the hotwords used to activate Google Assistant don't exactly role off the tongue. Before, manufacturers were limited to commands built by Google like "turn on", "turn off", and "turn the temperature down" to control different devices. Google says Assistant Actions now support a feature called Custom Device Actions, which allows an Assistant device to use more specific voice commands.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Actions on Google added 7 new languages and deeper integration with Android apps. Starting today, thanks to a new feature for Actions called Custom Device Actions, device makers can extend the Assistant and add "native" functionality specific to their device. The latest wrinkle is that you can subscribe to third-party Actions and get daily push notification updates. There are changes on the way to media playback, Assistant-enabled devices, and subscriptions.

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Today's new features are especially geared towards the smart home and better integrating those gadgets with Assistant. This allows for more audio experiences like "longer meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, clips from your favorite TV shows and news briefings". Once the update is official a user will be able to record and send a 30 sec video message if and when the recipient is not picking up the call or declines the call for some odd reason. For instance, you can be notified of news alerts when they happen. Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability. Earlier, users would say something like, "Ok Google, turn on the oven", now they will be able to give more detailed commands like, "Ok Google, set the oven to convection and preheat to 350-degrees". It also means you won't have to use the annoying "Talk to [blank]" command. There aren't many examples of hardware with built-in Assistant yet, but developers will be able to include custom commands in them going forward.

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. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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