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Happy New Year with Google Assistant

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Do you want to :

  • Control your devices and your smart home.

  • Access information from your calendars and other personal information.

  • Find online informations, from restaurant bookings to directions, weather and news.

  • Control your music.

  • Play content on your Chromecast or other compatible devices.

  • Run timers and reminders.

  • Make appointments and send messages.

  • Open apps on your phone.

  • Read your notifications to you.

What is Google Assistant?

Google Assistant is Google's voice-controlled smart assistant. It's was originally an extension of Google Now - designed to be personal - while expanding on Google's existing "OK Google" voice controls.

Google Assistant supports both text or voice entry and is happy to follow the conversation whichever entry method you're using.

What can Google Assistant do?

The "OK Google" or "Hey, Google" side covers voice commands, voice searching, and voice-activated device control, letting you do things like send messages, check appointments and so on on your Android device, just like Apple's Siri on an iPhone or iPad, but reaching far beyond that, with a bot-centric AI experience, designed to give you conversational interactions.

You can also ask for multiple things at the same time. This, says Google, is rather difficult - in linguistics it is called coordination reduction. Mastering requests like this is probably what will power Google Assistant ahead of rivals. 

Because Google Assistant knows you and understands context, it can react in an informed or smart way. That's important as Assistant spreads its wings, because it gives voice control a lot more power and moves it on from only reacting to specific phrases or commands. In the future, Google even says that Assistant will be able to call and book appointments for you, designed to be more than just reactive.

Google Assistant in Google Home devices forms the foundation of smart home control, compatible with a wide range of devices so you can control heating, lights and lots more with your voice.

Google Assistant is also it is available on iPhone although there are some restrictions. 

So Google Assistant is no longer the preserve of Pixel phones, it's something that all Android users can enjoy.

How do You know if your phone has Google Assistant?

To check if your phone has Google Assistant, say "Ok Google" or press-and-hold the home button. That's the starting point for Assistant, after which you can type or speak and have Assistant respond.

Usually, during the set-up of an Android device, you'll be prompted to configure Google Assistant.

Check it now and Happy new year from Sara Advertising :)


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