When Google Assistant launched in October last year, it was only available on Pixel and a handful of other Android devices, mainly those manufactured by Google. But this powerful assistant has started to roll out in devices running Marshmallow and Nougat versions of the Android mobile OS. There are a lot of things you can do with Google Assistant to make your life a lot easier.
Launch Google Assistant
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You can launch Google Assistant any time of the day by simply saying ‘OK Google’. Once the assistant is live, you can use it to do any of the following things.
Find and play music
Although the app’s support is quite limited at this point, you can still use it to find and play music. By default, Assistant fulfills your requests via YouTube and Google Play Music. If you request for a particular song or artist, Assistant pulls it from YouTube. However, if you request for a more general genre such as ‘Play hard rock music’, Google Assistant finds a related Google Play Music radio station. If your request is even more general ‘play music’, it pulls the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ station in Google Play Music.
Google Assistant also supports Pandora and Spotify, but you’ll have to include a 3rd party app in your request. For instance, you may ask Assistant to launch the app, and then do the usual old-fashioned screen input to get the action started.
You can use Google Assistant to create prompt reminders. Depending on how you phrase your request, Assistant creates either a time based or location-based reminder for you. You may say, for instance, ‘Remind me to grab a cup of coffee once I leave the house’. You’ll be prompted to create the reminder either using your GPS location, or the time of the day (morning, afternoon, etc.).
Depending on the parameters you entered, Google Assistant then pops up a reminder when appropriate.
Configure alarms and timers
If you’re like most other Android users, you use your device for your morning alarm clock. Google Assistant makes it pretty easy for you to configure your alarms. You can simply say ‘Wake me up every day at 6 a.m.’ and you’ll be good to go. You can also say ‘Set an alarm 1 hour from now’ and Assistant will do it for you.
You can also use Google Assistant to set a timer without having to fiddle with your Android clock app. This can be quite important if you’re trying to time yourself for a particular task, or are preparing a recipe in the kitchen. Assistant makes the action completely hands-free so you don’t have to touch your phone with those messy hands covered by dough or some other kitchen ingredient.
How about reading the latest news in your town, city or area without even touching your Android phone. Google Assistant pulls radio from sources that you can customize to suit your preferences. To listen to your daily news briefing, simply mumble something like ‘Listen to news’ or rather ‘What’s the news?’.
Better yet, you can get local weather forecasts by saying something like ‘How’s the weather like today?’ If you’re going somewhere, you can include your destination in the request and Google Assistant will read out the appropriate forecasts.
Get your questions answered
Google is the world’s premier question-answering machine. With Google Assistant, you’ll be able to get virtually any question answered in the snap of a finger. By verbally uttering your question, Google Assistant will find and read the answers you are looking for. And if it’s not possible to provide a spoken response, Assistant will furnish you with a link where you can find the best answer for your question. There’s just no limit to how many questions you can throw at Assistant.
And this is just a tip of the iceberg. You can find the best hang-out joints, ¬pull out relevant sports information, get translations, make calls, send texts and emails, open apps, control your device settings, and do a lot of other important things with Google Assistant on your Android handset! If your phone doesn’t support Google Assistant yet, you can learn how to make the best out of Google Now commands.
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