Google Assistant gets more helpful

Google Assistant

The feature evolved to focus more on a feed of news stories and eventually the at-a-glance personal information tab was pushed to the side, hidden on the Google Feed page, only if you're using the stock Google launcher on stock Android phones (something that most Android users are not).

That little icon in Google Assistant may not look like much, but it heralds a return to form for Google. Initially launched as a search feature that also allowed you to do things like make quick phone calls, send text messages, set reminders and more, the new features provide curated information based on the time of day, location and your recent interactions with the Assistant. Scrolling down through the app will bring up more content, including movie or restaurant reservations, packages in transit, upcoming bills, reminders, agenda items, and more.

Predictive cards previously used in Google Now have just this week been moved to Google Assistant in Android. It shows you upcoming details like your commute, schedule, flights, recent shipments to keep an eye out for, bills, and a bunch information aimed at making your life easier. Google have stated that they will be adding more features to this daily snapshot over time such as Google Keep lists, Todoist, Any.do and others.

For example, if you ask Google Assistant what the weather is, you don't have to use the wake word if you want to know if it will rain after she replies.

Google Assistant agenda view GIF
Google Assistant’s new visual snapshot will give you a rundown of your entire day

Essentially, the AI is capable of recognizing and answering multiple requests that are nested into one question.

Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo.

In the future, the feature will offer even more information.

You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too.

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