Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Google Assistant Gets Proactive

Google Assistant Google Assistant screen Assistant for iOS Google Assistant tools Assistant Android app Google Assistant proactive notifications Google Assistant snapshots Google Assistant’s new visual snapshot will give you a rundown of your entire day
Emmett Howard | 19 July, 2018, 01:09

To activate the new feature just tap on the new icon in the top right hand corner of the new Google Assistant (I can not see it yet on my Google Assistant).

Right up top will be your commute details, be it to work or for a meeting, but as you scroll down, you'll be provided with all the other reminders you need, in chronological order, including flight times, delivery information, bill payment reminders and more.

These "snapshots" of your day will also be integrated with notes and lists you jot down on Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, Todoist and other third-party apps.

Earlier this year, the firm launched a continuous conversations feature that allows users to keep chatting with the digital assistant without having to use the wake words "Hey Google" every time.

Google also plans to add a "new discovery section" to help you find things to do around your location.

The update is already rolling out and you can check if you've received if you spot a new icon that looks like an envelope screaming, in Assistant. The latest access to this newly expanded Visual Snapshot should be ready to roll. You can get notifications for upcoming bills, packages, even an alert that your flight has been delayed.

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Once updated, open Google Assistant and behold!

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

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search.

The feature will expand over time, Google said. The new UI includes proactive suggestions and personalized information much like Google Now back in the day.

A light comes on to remind you that it's listening. While it's not quite as obvious that it's there, if you've been missing Google Now, this should be a welcome return.

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