Sometimes voice commands don’t sound as natural as daily conversations. For example, users say the term “turn on/off” to every devices, including lights, ovens, coffee machines and washing machines, even though there are other possible terms to activate devices.
Recently, Google has introduced a new feature called Custom Device Actions, allowing device makers to add native voice commands specific to their devices. For instance, users can say directly to a smart washing machine with Google Assistant built-in, “Hey Google, run the color cycle.” Old commands like “Ask the washing machine to start washing” are no longer required.
Starting with Google’s smartphones, Google Assistant has been built into more gadgets, including earphones, TVs, alarm clocks and smoke detectors. As a result, device makers integrating the assistant will have greater power to differentiate themselves using the assistant.
Google has also debuted more features for its smart assistant. First, Google now offers users the option to subscribe notifications from Actions, Google’s name for its voice applications. One application is that they will hear changes in a stock price every morning from the assistant, instead of having to ask the same question repeatedly every day.
The company is also bringing media playback to speakers and Android phones so that developers don’t have to build specific commands for basic functions like pausing and playing music.
With the recent updates to bring Routines and more language support to Google Assistant, the search giant is growing its voice assistant’s capabilities step by step.