Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Google Assistant Can Now 'Control' Over 5000 Devices

Google Assistant Can Now 'Control' Over 5000 Devices

Google also revealed in its blog post this morning that one of the most popular ways that people use Assistant is to watch movies and shows on TV and for music playback.

Interested companies and startups that have big ideas and are interested in partnering with the Google Assistant team can reach out to apply through this Google Assistant investment form. This is India's first virtual assistant to offer broking services through voice-based IoT devices. Now, that same functionality is being enabled for the Assistant on smartwatches too. These are actionable commands that you can program to trigger other smart home devices.

Google has announced that Assistant for Wear OS will soon be updated with new features, including smart suggestions, ability to respond through voice, as well as Actions. Its closest rival is Alexa perhaps but Google originally meant for it to rival Siri. "It is fundamentally changing how we interact with and access the information that shapes our lives".

The Google Assistant has been a useful and smart feature of may Android-powered devices. She notes that the smart devices with which Google Assistant is compatible include "cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, ovens [and more]".

Google has said that the update will be coming over the next several days, so it's possible that the update is coming through a phased rollout. And Microsoft last month announced plans to invest $5 billion in internet-of-things technology over the next four years.

Alexa includes one pre-built routine - Start my day - to get you started, which will report the weather and play the news from your flash briefing by default.

Interested companies can contact Google through an online form.

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