Google Assistant is a new digital assistant, having recently arrived on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones and the Google Home smart speaker. It works with other Google services such as Gmail, Google Flights, Google Photos and Google Maps. Google Assistant will be available soon on Android TVs, with plans to offer the voice-activated personal assistant on car infotainment systems and smartwatches as well.
You’ll even be able to control other areas of your smart home with commands like “Dim the lights” — perfect for when you want to watch a movie.
This will not be the last place Assistant that will be available either, the service will soon make it to Android Wear, likely through the Android Wear 2.0 update which means smartwatches will soon have it.
The first Android TV device to get Assistant is the new Nvidia Shield Tv, but it will also come to other Android TV devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat in coming months.
Google acompanied Mercedes Benz last year to allow users to interact, communicate with and control their cars from their homes, using the Assistant on Google Home.
The more you get used to Google, the more important Google Assistant becomes.
Google Assistant on Smartphones can be used to:
- Get a Daily Briefing of news
- Find out your travel schedule
- Set reminders
- Send videos to your Chromecast streaming TV device
- Get the weather
- Find out the travel time to work
- Check your calendar
- Find photos on Google Photos
- Ask the Assistant what it can do
Google Assistant is currently already available on Pixel smartphones, Google Home and the Allo smart messaging app.