Google Allowing Third-Parties to Build Custom Commands for Assistant

Google Assistant-enabled devices add custom commands as Actions gain notifications, playback controls

Google Assistant adds daily updates and push notifications for voice apps

The code details how you'll create a new hotword and teach Google Assistant to recognise it. Google also notes that the original "Hey Google" and "OK Google" will still work, even if you add another option.

To showcase some of the imaginative ways people are using Actions, we're building a Google Assistant Fun House at SXSW.

Google has announced during SXSW 2018 its opening the Assistant up to third-parties so OEMs can build custom commands for different products.

An abundance of user actions can be found in Google's latest updates to "What it can do".

Just a couple of weeks ago, Actions on Google added 7 new languages and deeper integration with Android apps.

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Amazon's Alexa may have more "skills" and connect with more services, but when it comes to artificial intelligence smarts, Google Assistant has the competition beat (sorry Siri, it isn't even close).

Media-based actions have access to more playback controls starting today. This allows for more audio experiences like "longer meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, clips from your favorite TV shows and news briefings". Google has worked with a group called Red Paper Heart to make an installation called Talk to Light that acts as a sort of artistic expression of Assistant's new ability.

Assistant Actions now support something Google is calling "Custom Device Actions". Additionally, users can now use voice commands to pause or replay media. TV channels like The Daily Show, Calm, and CNBC will have new features available for playback and general show information. But before you get around to saying that, you'd have to also tell the assistant, "Talk to Todoist".

The Assistant was first rolled out in smartphones and Google Home speakers, but now it is present in many devices such as smoke detectors and alarm clocks. The new support allows Actions to send alerts like "newly added workout, a change in a stock price, or a news alert, right when it happens". Earlier, users would say something like, "Ok Google, turn on the oven", now they will be able to give more detailed commands like, "Ok Google, set the oven to convection and preheat to 350-degrees".

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