Google Assistant’s New Features

Google has announced its expansion of “Snapshot” feature in Assistant with the addition of new reminders and more suggestions for activities users would like to participate in.

The previous version of the assistant produced information regarding upcoming schedules, reminders, online orders and stock market updates. Google has added reminders like upcoming birthdays or holidays to the list of things Google Assistant can do.

The initial version of Snapshot showed information like your daily commute time, upcoming schedules, reminders, upcoming flights, recent online orders, and stock market updates. Google is adding to that list additional reminders for things like upcoming birthdays or holidays, too.

The updated features include the snapshot expanding its recommendations. Previously, it’d suggest YouTube videos or Spotify songs, now, it’d make use of previous data to offer new recipe ideas, podcasts, restaurants to purchase from. These suggestions will get updated throughout the day like the rest of the Snapshot mode so users won’t be receiving updates at the wrong time of the day.

We say “Hey Google” when we want the Assistant to “pop up”, now, “Hey Google, show me my day” is another way to alert it at any given time alongside tapping the Snapshot icon within the app.

Finally, Google Assistant can now notify users about birthday reminders. The app can now send an alert reminding a user of a contact’s birthday, bringing a straight to an action card where a user can call , text or sing a version of the birthday song.

The voice command feature is only available for customers with English as their default language, but it will roll out for more languages in the future. The new Google Assistant features are available now in the Assistant app on iOS and Android.

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