When Google first unveiled their equivalent to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana in May 2016 users were disappointed to find that Google Assistant did not work on the majority of phones out there. In the second half of last year Google Assistant launched on Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones and later became available to Google Home and Android Wear 2.0 users. Earlier this year the company announced a wider roll-out that began on the 26th of February 2017. Thanks to an update on Android Marshmallow and Nougat devices, users in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Germany are supposed to be able to use Google Assistant on their handsets soon. But what exactly is Google Assistant and why should you get excited about using it?
Google’s latest software is basically a fusion of Google Now and Google’s ”OK Google“ voice control. It was designed to be conversational, with users being able to ask follow-up questions and the software answering them. At the same time it collects useful data about its users that are intended to improve the recommendations and information it provides. Here are some of the coolest und most helpful features Google Assistant has to offer:
The software let’s users read, hear and send text messages without them ever having to touch their phones. Just ask your phone to ”read my text messages” and Google Assistant will bring up your five latest text messages offering to read them to you or skip them.
If you are busy doing something else and need to unlock your device the voice command that automatically unlocks your phone comes in handy. By making it possible to select your favourite song while keeping your hands on the wheel, the software makes sure you stay safe while on the road.
Google Assistant can serve as a virtual travel planner, recommend nearby restaurants, read the news to you and make sure you stay updated on your favourite team’s scores. And if you ever experience trouble getting motivated just ask Google Assistant to read you some motivational quotes.
Now that we have made you excited about Google Assistant, the next big question is: how can you get your hands on Google’s new software? Well, if you already own an Android phone that runs Marshmallow or Nougat you just have to lay back and wait for the Android’s newest update that will bring Google Assistant to your phone, you can check out this 10 facts about mobile content– Unfortunately Google hasn’t announced exact launch dates for the different countries yet. The update is expected to launch in the UK in April 2017.