Map out your day with proactive help from Google Assistant

In one consolidated visual dashboard, Assistant can pull together info like commute times and scheduled meetings so you can plan your day.

At I/O 2018, Google announced a new “visual experience” for Assistant on phones that is quite reminiscent of the original vision for Google Now. Featuring proactive suggestions and personalized information for your day, this redesign is rolling out now.

Visual snapshot of your day. Source: Google

Check the traffic. Pay the bills. Pick up the package. Don’t miss the flight to Arizona. We run through our mental to-do lists dozens of times throughout the day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have proactive help to keep our lives on track?

Now Google Assistant will walk you through your day

Google is rolling out a fresh visual overview of your day when you open the Google Assistant app on your phone, with proactive suggestions and personalized information to help you stay on top of your day. The new visual snapshot provides curated, helpful contextual updates based on the current time, location, and your recent interactions with the Assistant, and will be available on Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant. It will curate a user’s personal information into a single, scrollable interface — from flight times to restaurant reservations to scheduled meetings. Assistant can also factor in the time needed for your daily commute, depending on whether you drive, bike, or walk there.

This page will update and rearrange throughout the day, travel times are front and center, so you know when to hit the road whether you’re getting ready for work, a lunch meeting, or heading home for the night. So, when you move from place to place throughout the day, your overview will be updated. As you scroll down, you’ll see your agenda, reminders, restaurant or movie reservations, your favorite stocks, upcoming bills, packages in transit, and suggestions for new Actions you should try in a similar card-based format. To access the new Assistant experience, there is a new icon — the same as “Upcoming”. Expanding to take up the entire screen, Google Assistant addresses you by name with those greetings changing depending on the time of day. Immediately underneath is the current weather condition and temperature.

More useful features will be added over time, for example, an overview of your notes and lists from Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, Todoist and others; a new discovery section to help you find activities nearby; reminders on where you parked; personalized recommendations for music and podcasts; and much more. In other words,

Google Assistant is angling to become your one stop shop for, basically every single thing you do in a given day.

Google Assistant can also send proactive notifications on your phone to remind you of important upcoming events. You can get notifications for upcoming bills, packages, even an alert that your flight has been delayed — your Google Assistant will keep track so you don’t have to.

Since its debut on a Google Home speaker, Google Assistant has primarily been an audio first experience. When it arrived on phones, it added a number of small changes for a screen, but the primary method of interaction continued to prioritize verbally asking questions and getting back replies by voice. This started to change with Google Lens and Google is now fully embracing a visual design.

Google Assistant is also preparing for the upcoming launch of Assistant smart displays, to serve you visual snapshot and help keep track of your day. It is more convenient in more settings than an audio rundown and thus more likely to be used. While Amazon’s Alexa has been centered around commerce, it’s pretty clear that Google’s in it for the same reason as always: information.

Try out the new visual snapshot and make sure you have notifications turned on for your Google Assistant so you can stay on top of the things that matter most to you. Rolling out throughout the week Android users can access the new experience by tapping on the blue inbox icon in the top right corner of Assistant’s home screen, and if you have an iOS device, your personal updates will be shown as soon as you open the Google Assistant app.


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