Final yr, Google debuted a brand new Assistant expertise with the Pixel four that is deeply integrated with the phone. Whereas different handsets (aside from the Pixel 4a and 5 lines) nonetheless have not acquired this redesign, a functionality beforehand solely out there in it’s discovering its method to everybody, albeit in a restricted trend: In-app actions that enable you shortly get to particular elements in your functions. There’s additionally one thing new for everybody, no matter whether or not or not you might have the Pixel four or newer: You possibly can assign customized voice instructions to those actions.

Some in-app actions have already existed, corresponding to “open [some app],” “seek for [something] in [some app],” or “Ship a message to [somebody] in [some app].” Only some extra superior choices are literally new. It is now potential to entry associates’ or celebrities’ social media accounts straight through voice by saying one thing like “Open Selena Gomez on Instagram.” Beforehand, Google Assistant would simply open the app’s search web site with the corresponding question. There’s additionally a brand new choice to log your calorie consumption with MyFitnessPal through a command corresponding to “Log a berry smoothie on MyFitnessPal.” This might come in useful while you use the Assistant for one thing like “Order Italian meals on Postmates.”

Google offers just a few extra examples, all of which needs to be now out there on all Assistant-enabled Android telephones:

  • Discord: “Hey Google, ship a message to Rachel on Discord”
  • Etsy: “Hey Google, seek for candles on Etsy”
  • MyFitnessPal: “Hey Google, log a berry smoothie on MyFitnessPal”
  • Mint: “Hey Google, verify my accounts on Mint”
  • Nike Adapt: “Hey Google, tighten my footwear with Nike Adapt”
  • Nike Run Club: “Hey Google, begin my run with Nike Run Membership”
  • Postmates: “Hey Google, order a smoothie on Postmates”
  • Snapchat: “Hey Google, ship snap with Cartoon Lens”
  • Spotify: “Hey Google, discover Motivation Combine on Spotify”
  • Twitter: “Hey Google, verify information on Twitter”
  • Walmart: “Hey Google, when is my Walmart order arriving?”

To see which of the apps in your telephone make the most of these new superior actions, say “Okay Google, present my shortcuts,” and also you’re taken to the Assistant settings the place you possibly can view all the out there actions. This shortcut part has been around for a while already, however the out there choices have been expanded (see the Twitter screenshots under). Like earlier than, it is potential to tweak all the voice actions to your liking if in case you have some often-used actions. At launch, Google helps “greater than 30 of the highest apps on Google Play out there in English globally, with extra apps coming.”


Left: Assistant Shortcuts. Center: Previous Twitter shortcuts. Proper: New Twitter shortcuts.

When you nonetheless will not get the redesigned Pixel-exclusive Assistant on different and older telephones, this can be a step in the proper route. It is a bummer that Chrome controls stay unique to the brand new Assistant for now, although — browsing the online through voice is a enjoyable expertise. Instructions like “reply” when you’re in a chat and “Show my cat photos” additionally both will not work in any respect (within the former case) or solely inside the Assistant interface, not contained in the corresponding app (within the latter case).

Google Assistant - Get things done, hands-free
Google Assistant - Get things done, hands-free