Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

It will be interesting to see what fans have to say about how the new Google Assistant looks. The refreshed client, available for both Android and iPhone, combines voice and touch-based elements to deliver a more intuitive experience that also closely resembles the other apps getting UI overhauls. For example, if you ask Assistant to dim the lights in your living room, a slider might pop up that allows you to adjust the brightness more finely.

Another scenario highlighted by Google Wednesday: "Castle Master", an interactive audio adventure for smart speakers and other devices with access to the Google Assistant, now lets users buy add-on packs to unlock additional gameplay through one-time purchases.

Google LLC today rolled out a redesign of its popular voice assistant that brings a more visual way to interact with applications and devices, as well as new tools for developers. With Assistant open, just swipe up-this will open the Overview interface, with information about your day and your recent Assistant commands. Ask it to show you photos of something, and you'll get more than just a link with previews - the new update would let you scroll through a gallery of Photos rather than direct you to an image search result.

Expect more brands to start taking advantage of Assistant's improved touch elements as well, as new tools are available to developers just for that goal. For instance, Starbucks added Google Sign-In for the Assistant so users can access their Starbucks Rewards accounts and earn stars for their purchases via Assistant.

Google is also launching "Rich responses" for developers, allowing them to extend Assistant actions inside their apps. Earlier, the developers could only sell physical goods through their Assistant actions.

Finally, Google Assistant will now work better for brands which want to use Assistant features.

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