The voice assistant on Android could ultimately prove to be a little more useful for the use of our smartphones. Google indeed announces better integration with third-party services.
Until now, the voice assistant on Android made it possible to interact mainly with Google services. For example, it is possible to add a task to Google Tasks or to obtain its daily appointments extracted from Google Calendar. Now the wizard offers better interactions with other applications.
The Google Assistant will, perhaps, keep you from going crazy when you are "on hold" on the phone.
The Google Assistant now offers to make a request within a third-party service, such as Pinterest. However, Google adds that it is possible to get the latest posts on Twitter, find a specific playlist on Spotify, place an order on Uber, send a message and even automatically lace up your Nike via Nike. Adapt.
Note that this integration requires that the application be installed on the Android smartphone. It is indeed the latter that have the programming interfaces of Google Assistant, and not the other way around. While it will no longer necessarily be necessary to open Spotify to listen to a playlist, it will therefore be necessary for the application to be present.
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About thirty applications concerned
In total, around thirty applications are now compatible within the Play Store. Among the latter we find: Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, TikTok, Spotify, Postmates, Discord, Walmart, Etsy, Snapchat, Twitter, Uber.
Note, however, that it is the editors who will choose the options available through the wizard. The Verge notes for example that it is possible to create a Story on Facebook but not on Instagram. For the company, this is obviously a way to force the user to use their application … especially if their model is based on advertising.
Like iOS and the Shortcuts app for automating certain tasks through Siri, Google is also launching the ability to create shortcuts for more personalized commands. All will have to be initiated via the traditional "Hey Google".
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