Google’s next platform is all about machine learning and natural language processing.
A full year on from its launch at Google I/O 2016, Google Assistant has both expanded to new devices and added dozens of features that truly reposition it as a platform rather than a product. With everything announced at this year’s Google I/O conference, Google Assistant is a common backend of knowledge and capabilities that can be accessed through multiple interfaces on multiple devices with limitless third-party extensibility options.
It’s no longer just Google Home and an app on Android phones — Assistant is going to be everywhere you use Google.
Google Home getting smarter every day
Assistant can do more than just answer your questions and tell you jokes.
Google Home was originally the physical embodiment of the Google Assistant technology, but Assistant has since expanded to be so much more with Home leading the charge. Not only has the number of app and service integrations hit a “larger than you can recall” number, but Google is leading the charge by giving the Assistant control over an increasing number of Google’s own products and services.
You no longer just talk to Google Home to have the speaker itself do something, but instead to invoke Google Assistant to do all sorts of things that can then manifest themselves on other devices — all powered by the same cross-device backend. Google Assistant processing and smarts let you ask your Home to send driving directions to your phone, shoot a YouTube video to your TV or control an increasing number of smart home devices.
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Assistant on phones finally makes sense
Google Assistant is a couple of months into its expansion to just about any modern Android phone, but Google I/O 2017 marked an important change to its functionality