Google Assistant gets a new design on phones

Google Assistant gets a new design on phones

Google Assistant gets a new design on phones

Google is making it easier for developers to earn money with voice experiences: Developers are now able to charge their users for digital goods via Google's Assistant, the search giant announced Wednesday. As an example, Google shows how users can buy a subscription to Headspace while using the Assistant Action.

Google said in a blog post that almost half of the interactions with Assistant include both voice and touch, which is why it'll make the texting-to-Assistant experience a lot better than before.

Google has pushed out a major redesign for its Google Assistant mobile product, bringing a new look that makes it easier to retrieve information and perform actions using touch and voice.

On Android phones, it's now easier to access an overview of your day.

New controls and sliders to manage your smart home devices. Use dials to adjust lights, or sliders to adjust volume of your home speaker.

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 objective.

The overview provides things based on how the user has recently used Google Assistant, as well as the current time of the day. 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. This will allow Actions to remember purchases made by users. It has taken a while for these updates to roll out, but we've seen a few of them trickle in over the last few months.

The redesign will be rolling out to Android and iOS handsets over the coming weeks. The Action gets linked to the user's Google account. Let us know what device and country you are commenting from.

In order to sync the sale of digital goods directly in the Assistant to sync across various applications, Google has also launched a new sign-in service for the assistant.

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