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Google Assistant

Summary
  • New metrics: The Assistant is already available on over 100M devices, and we have 70+ smart home partners now supporting the Assistant across Google Home and Android phones.
  • Assistant across devices, including Google Home and Chromecast: 
    • Hands-free calling. In the coming months, just ask your Assistant on Google Home and it will connect you to any mobile or landline phone in the US or Canada, free. There’s no setup and no need for a phone or additional app. 
    • Proactive notifications. In the coming months, you can get reminders on Google Home and your phone for things like flight delays and traffic alerts.
    • Enjoy more music, movies and TV shows. You can soon use Spotify’s free music offering, as well as Soundcloud and Deezer. We’re also adding bluetooth support, so you can play any audio from your iOS or Android device. For streaming video, we've already added Netflix, and we have more partners on the way like HBO NOW, CBS All Access, and HGTV.
    • Get visual responses from the Assistant on your TV with Chromecast. Later this year, we’ll add support for visual responses from your Assistant on TVs with Chromecast. You’ll be able to ask the Assistant questions like "what's on YouTube TV right now?" or "what's on my calendar today?"
    • New country availability. In the coming months Google Home will become available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Japan.
  • Assistant on phones:
    • Now available on iPhones. The same Assistant at home and on the go is now on iPhone. The Assistant on iOS is available on version 9.1+.
    • Typing with your Assistant. Now, in addition to talking to your Assistant on your phone, you can type in order to help get more things done, no matter where you are.
    • Google Lens with the Assistant. In the coming months, with Google Lens—a new way for computers to “see”—you can learn more about things around you, and even take action, while you’re in a conversation with your Assistant. For instance, if you see an interesting book, you can hold up your Assistant, tap the Lens icon and get information on the author, book, reviews and more. 
  • Assistant developer platform:
    • Actions on Google phones. Today, developers can start building apps for your Google Assistant on both Android phones and iPhones.
    • Adding transactions and payments. We will now start allowing developers to build transactions using the Google Assistant, which will become available to Assistant users on phones soon.
    • The Assistant on even more devices. The Google Assistant SDK lets partners integrate the Google Assistant into many other types of devices, with major partners already committed.
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