Google assistant is an iteration of a virtual assistant that is considered to be an upgrade of Google Now. It is also a more featured extension of the Google’s ‘Ok Google’ voice controls. The Google Assistant is a two-way conversation; a dialogue between Android users and Google. This communication helps get things done in the world easily.

How to use Google Assistant

If you would like to communicate properly with Google Assistant using your voice only, a new handset known as Google Home serves as a tough competitor to the Amazon Echo. It is a small handset – with three speakers and two microphones – that be placed on your table.

Google Home is Wi-Fi activated so that it can integrate with the other connected handsets like your Android TV or Chromeca. It can also interact with smart home devices like the Nest thermostats or Philips Hue lightbulbs.

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There is also a second method of accessing the Google Assistant, you will be required to long press your home button on your Android device. After doing that, you can start dictating questions and voice commands. The Google Assistant will then show you results right to your device’s screen.

Furthermore, the assistant interface can also scan your device’s screen to search for specific keywords that you might also be interested in before you ask anything.

Here are some things Google Assistant can do for you:

1. Book a flight

You can start a conversation with the Assistant ad say something related to booking a flights such as ‘I need to fly to Munich.’ Provided that you have given Google Assistant access to your current location, it pulls a list of upcoming flits to the destination you asked for, along with the ticket prices.

2. Get a briefing of your schedule

The Assistant asks permissions to access your entire data from the Google account. If you all it to access the data, the Google Assistant becomes very powerful. It can use several sources of your information like upcoming events from your Gmail and appointments from the Google Calendar to give you a daily briefing.

Once you say ‘What should I do today’, the Google Assistant gives you the rundown of your day’s briefings. Meetings, reminders, weather and also other events are displayed so that you can begin your day on the right track.

3. Share a video

No one likes going to a browser, copy link, and then go back to a message conversation to paste the link to share the video. Fortunately, Google Assistant makes it easy to share videos. Will just have to say ‘@google Chicago Bulls wins’, in a conversation and the Google Assistant pop us up the video clip in the chat.

4. Cast videos to your smart TV

Google Home also gives the Android users the capability to connect to Cast-enabled handsets Android TV and Chromecast. If you’ve one of the handsets mentioned connected to a local Wi-Fi, ask Google Assistant to ‘Play video’ on my TV’. Google Home handsets automatically connects to the cast activated device to start playing on your TV.

Source: The Verge

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