Google Assistant has been available on Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) for a while, but today we have learned that it has received an update that helps you to get more done when using it on your smartwatch.
"Voice is a totally different medium for consumers and for developers", said Ilya Gelfenbeyn, the newly announced head of Google Assistant Investments, in announcing support for Seattle voice app testing company Pulse Labs.
Fighting back from the perception that Amazon Alexa has already won this market, Google announced today that its Google Assistant is now compatible with over 5,000 smart devices, up 1,500 from January. For example, when you ask about the weather, you can see the weather now and then tap on a suggestion to see the extended forecast for the weekend. The weather example may be mundane, but when you're carrying out other queries, suggested responses can be an easy way to burrow deeper into the understanding of a topic.More news: Ahead of China trip, Lighthizer makes no predictions
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Google has announced that it will be looking to invest more readily into early stage startups that are looking to develop programs for the Google Assistant. Google is also expanding the full suite of Assistant Actions to Wear OS.
If you're the kind of person who has filled up his or her home with an internet-connected security system and color-changing light bulbs that at least change the conversation when you have a dinner party, chances are you also own a smart hub to control them. Now, that same functionality is being enabled for the Assistant on smartwatches too.
In a blow to the companies eager to turn these new gadgets into a major shopping mode, just 39.2% of people said they used theirs to shop and only 28.2% said they used them to actually buy items. The company says that it'll tell us more about these experiences at Google I/O 2018. which is in a few days.