An Overview of New Upgrades to Google Assistant on Smartphone

March 3, 2020 12:19 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Google Assistant has become a ubiquitous feature on Android smartphones since its debut in 2016, and is getting a host of new features in 2020 that will be of great benefit to Woodward, OK users.

The feature has already added quite a few updates since its debut, and has become much more sophisticated than the simple voice assistant it once was. Here’s a quick overview of some of the upgrades you can expect throughout the year:

  • Easier setup for your smart home: When you’re setting up a new smart device through the companion app, you’ll generally need to authenticate with your Google credentials. However, a new update removes that step, and offers a suggestion button that will complete the setup without your having to put your login details back in.
  • More smart home devices: In addition to making it easier to set up your smart home, the Google Assistant will also be available on a much wider variety of smart devices. Other brands that you can expect to make greater use of the Assistant include Philips Hue, GE, August Smart Locks and more. There are at least 20 new devices you’ll be able to control through the Google Home app, including air purifiers, coffee makers, air conditioners and more.
  • Scheduled actions: Soon, you’ll be able to schedule more actions with your device. For example, if you have a smart coffee maker, you can ask Google to run the coffee machine at 5:30 a.m. so you have fresh coffee ready to go when you wake up in the morning.
  • Reading content: Google Assistant can read your texts out loud to you already. But now, you’ll be able to have the assistant read entire pages of content to you, which will make it function as more of a screen reader in certain circumstances, now leaving out certain page elements like captions or social sharing buttons.
  • Deleting history: Google has taken a lot of hits in the news for privacy issues, and as an apparent gesture of good faith, it is making it easier for you to delete Assistant history. Now you’ll be able to say something like, “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you this week,” and it will fully clear your history. In addition, you can also delete accidental triggers, such as the Assistant waking up because it heard something on television.
  • Notes: Google Assistant will have more note functionality later this year. You’ll be able to create sticky notes on any compatible smart display in your home, and they will be visible to anyone in the home without them having to sign into a Google account. You can create these notes as well without needing a Google account to do so. Think of this as replacing the Post-It notes you’ve been using on your refrigerator all these years.

For more information about some of the upgrades you can expect to be made to the Google Assistant this year in Woodward, OK, contact Devine’s Electronics Authorized Radio Shack Dealer today.

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