Google Assistant, the AI-powered assistant that works through devices, has some new skills, as announced by Google on Wednesday.
One of Google Assistant’s most popular functions available is the “find my phone” feature. It can locate all devices, even your iPhone, when it is on silent or Do Not Disturb mode.
It is compatible with Nest smart speakers as well as other smart displays. Users must opt-in from the Google Home app the receive notifications and critical alerts to use it to locate the devices.
Besides, users of Google Assistant will be able to maximize the use of online food ordering using the AI tool. Restaurants’ Google Business Profiles should have the “order” button to use the feature.
Customers can press the “order” button, select from the menu, then “check out” on the Google App. Depending on the data stored in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill, Google Assistant will automatically input the payment and contact details of the customer.
Lilian Rincon, Google Assistant Senior Director of Product Development wrote in the blog post, “Over the last year, more and more people started ordering takeout and delivery on Google, and more restaurants added the “order” button to their Business Profiles on Search and Maps.”
“To make online food orders even easier, Assistant can now help you complete your purchase in only a few steps powered by Duplex on the web,” she added.
Google is unveiling the new Assistant feature with a few restaurant chains at first, with others to follow later this year.
On the other hand, “sunrise” and “sunset” smart home system routines are also available worldwide. These routines are triggered as the sun rises or sets and are dependent on location. For example, when the sun sets, a user might set a routine to switch on the living room lights and turn on the sprinklers.
Google is also introducing a Ready-Made Routines section to the Google Home app, with choices such as “tell me what happened in history today” or “tell me if my battery is low.” Routines shortcuts can also be added to the Android home screen.
Moreover, Google Assistant will provide users with insider information. Simply ask Google, “Hey Google, when are the Oscars?” The user can even ask for an award. The voice assistant can perform an extensive routine, including opening an envelope and applause to complement award show-style songs, to award ‘Best Question Asker’, and more.