Instrument and Google Nest launched a voice experiment called My Storytime. It’s a new Google Assistant action that makes it easier to pre-record stories from anywhere and play them back with the Google Assistant. Simply say, “Hey Google, talk to My Storytime”. Learn more on the Google blog: https://www.blog.google/products/google-nest/my-storytime/.
New improvements to Analytics in the Actions on Google Console have been made to help you gain better insight into your users:
Learn more on the Google Developers Medium blog: https://medium.com/google-developers/actions-on-google-console-analytics-updates-1132a593bff9.
Google Assistant can now help you locate your Tile trackers (and hopefully, the items attached to them) using a simple sentence (e.g. ‘ring my keys’ or ‘find my bag’) rather than adding a prefix like ‘ask Tile to’ every time. Learn more on the Tile blog: https://www.thetileapp.com/en-gb/blog/finding-is-even-easier-with-smart-help.
OnePlus introduced its OnePlus TV in India. It features a 55-inch QLED 4K display, sleek design, Dolby ATMOS speakers, and comes with a voice-enabled remote that supports Google Assistant.
Google has officially launched the Nest Hub smart display in India. The product is available for ₹9,999 in Chalk and Charcoal colors from Flipkart, Croma, Reliance, and TATA Cliq. The Nest Hub comes with various Assistant partnerships: local news from Times Internet, NDTV, India Today, and Dainik Jagran, smart home support for Xiaomi, Syska lights, Oakter Plugs, Philips Hue, and LG, recipes from NDTV Food, Veg Recipes of India, and Archana’s Kitchen. Learn more on the Google India blog: https://india.googleblog.com/2019/08/introducing-google-nest-hub-made-by.html.
The “Play Game” built-in intent is now available in multiple languages including Indian English, Canadian French, and Korean. Users in all these languages can invoke Actions on Google just by asking to play a game.
Actions on Google has shut down the ‘Anonymous User Identity’ property in AppRequest. To ensure that your Action on Google is not affected by this shutdown, you should look at your code to see whether you use the userID field. If you discover that your Action utilizes userID, follow Google’s migration guide to deploy your updated webhook.
Google has updated the user interface of the Actions on Google Console. It features the improved navigation patterns that allow for faster access to sections and a better developer experience.
You can now get help from the Assistant in Waze. Many of Waze features, like reporting traffic, pinpointing a pothole or checking for alternate routes, can be accessed simply by using your voice. Just say “Hey Google, report traffic” or “Hey Google, avoid tolls” when navigating with Waze. Learn more on Google blog: https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/google-assistant-now-available-waze/.
Google Assistant is now available in Belgium. Users can speak Dutch, French, English, or German, but not Flemish or Walloon. Both Android and iOS smartphones are supported, but Google Home smart speakers are not yet available. Local businesses and services such as NMBS, Bpost, De Standaard, RMI, Proximus, Telenet have launched their Actions on Google.
Google celebrated the Nest Hub launch in Germany with a small, exclusive #askyourhub event in Hamburg — together with their beauty launch partner Douglas. …
It’s been a busy three days in Mountain View, as thousands of developers attended Google I/O 2019 at Shoreline Amphitheatre this year. Here is an exhaustive recap of everything Google announced about Google Assistant, Actions on Google, and related hardware.
Google is extending Duplex to the web to help you complete tasks faster. Just ask the Assistant, “Book a car for my next trip,” and it will figure out the rest.
The next generation Assistant will run on-device and answer queries up to 10 times faster…