Google Launches Major Visual Redesign of its Assistant Experience on Phones

Google Launches Major Visual Redesign of its Assistant Experience on Phones

Google Launches Major Visual Redesign of its Assistant Experience on Phones

The changes come as a result of realizing that almost half of all Google Assistant interactions involve both voice and touch, so it's now a lot more visual. Furthermore, Google Sign-In is now also available in Assistant, allowing users to seamlessly log into their Google account and make purchases using only their voice. 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. However, after making its way to phones, smart displays, and whatever else Google can cram its assistant into, being forced to use your voice to access a lot of GA features hasn't always offered the best experience.

New controls for your smart home devices. You can already use it to control pretty much everything smart in your and even buy physical goods through it using only your voice.

Google has launched a major redesign of its Assistant experience on smartphones. Once you're in the Assistant (Long press that home button) and swipe up on your screen to see a list of what's happening in your day and recent interactions with the Assistant.

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Meanwhile, developers and brands now have tools that let them make full use of the phone's display. Starbucks now has thumbnails to select from recommended items on their menus, Food Network has larger images of their recipes, and FitStar uses GIFs to give you a preview of your workout.

Google Assistant is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes.

Digital purchases in Actions could include things like premium subscriptions. A separate post on the Google Developers Blog noted the changes that the Google Assistant update brings for developers. Google Sign-In provides the most convenient way to log in, with just a few taps. A Google Pay account is required to finalize the purchase, though.

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