Google Assistant has recently been enhanced with to automatically put your daily tasks front and center on your phone. Originally launched as a search feature that also allowed users to make quick phone calls, send text messages, and more, the new features give us curated information based on the time of day, locations and your recent interactions with the Assistant.
Depending on what’s on your calendar and itineraries, you’ll see travel times to your next destination. You’ll see, as you scroll down, your agenda, reminders, restaurant or movie reservations, favorite stocks, upcoming bills, packages in transit and suggestions for some new actions to take a look at.
Google said that it’s planning upcoming new features for Assistant, including:
- Notes and lists from Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, Todoist and others.
- A new discovery section to help you find nearby activities or points of interest.
- A map to show where you parked.
- Personalized recommendations for music and podcasts.
Now, there are over 1 million “actions” which can enhance Assistant’s abilities, that range from playing music or videos from various sources, to controlling smart devices like thermostats and lights, interacting with news and other media sites and much more. Here’s a complete list of actions for Assistant.
The new features are available on both Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant, accessible by tapping on the new icon in the top right corner of the screen after you’ve activated your Google Assistant. On an iOS device, the updates will display when you open the Google Assistant app.
Assistant for Android devices is available in the Google store, and for iOS devices, it’s available in the Apple store.