Google is experimenting Memory, a redesign for Assistant to ‘save and find everything’

Google is purportedly dealing with another feature for Assistant called Memory, a combination of a to-do list, a notes application, a Pocket-like reading list, and Pinterest-style collection board into a single overarching digital locker integrated into the more extensive Google Assistant application. 9to5Google originally uncovered the feature, which is presently in “dogfood” testing for Google representatives.

As indicated by 9to5Google, Memory can save a gigantic variety of content, including “articles, books, contacts, events, flights, hotels, images, movies, music, notes, photos, places, playlists, products, recipes, reminders, restaurants, screenshots, shipments, TV shows, videos, and websites.”

While Assistant as of now has a Memory include for saving data (like a bike lock combination or a favorite flavor of cake), the new cycle of Memory seems, by all accounts, to be a significant redesign, one that appears to coordinate the “Collections” feature that went before it and be given top billing on the main menu bar close by Assistant’s daily snapshot view.

The thought is that you’ll have the option to save almost anything, including links or screenshots, pictures of objects or handwritten notes, or digital to-do lists or reminders. Memory will at that point let you search, sort, and return to all that you’ve saved.

Contingent upon what you’re saving, Memory will likewise incorporate logical data: save a formula, for example, and it’ll show the cooking time. Save a film you needed to watch, and it’ll incorporate a connect to the trailer. What’s more, obviously, Google-based things you save (like Google Docs or uploaded Drive files) will get customized preview cards.

To store things to Memory, clients can either utilize a Google Assistant command or a recently added home screen shortcut. Once added to Memory, saved things can be labeled (with classifications like “Important” or “Read Later”) just as arranged or looked to track down a particular thing.

Memory is as yet being tried, and Google hasn’t declared any designs for when — or regardless of whether — it’ll get a public presentation. In an explanation to The Verge, a Google representative remarked: “We are constantly iterating and experimenting with new ways to improve the user experience, but we have no further details to share at this time.”


Google says it’s attempting to get ‘Hey Google’ working on Wear OS once more

Activating the Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” has been broken for months, as indicated by a report from 9to5Google. Google discloses to The Verge it’s presently dealing with a fix, saying that it’s “aware of the issues some users have been encountering” and will help its partners “address these and improve the overall experience.”

There are a decent number of clients detailing the issue — a post on Google’s Issue Tracker has just about 1,000 stars. Reading through the thread, obviously numerous clients with various smartwatch models are largely announcing a similar issue returning to November 2020. They say the colleague isn’t totally unusable, as clients are as yet ready to trigger it with a long button-press, yet on the off chance that the voice-activation feature hasn’t been working for that long, it probably doesn’t help the insight that Google couldn’t care less about Wear OS.

Google’s statement doesn’t clarify how long it’ll be until the issue is fixed, yet ideally it’s standing out enough to be noticed at this point. While Wear OS may not be core to Google’s methodology, the Assistant seems to be, and it’d be decent for individuals who have decided to put Google’s OS on their wrists to have simple access to it.


Google’s new Assistant feature is an incognito mode for smart speakers

Last January Google quietly got rid of the current Guest Mode include, which permits individuals not on your Wi-Fi network to interface with a Chromecast or savvy speaker by entering a four-digit PIN, from its Home and Nest gadgets on record that a few people and pets could hear the ultrasonic frequencies the two gadgets use to match. Today, in the culmination of online privacy endeavors the organization previously declared back in October, clients will have the option to kill the voice recording highlights of their smart display and speaker like the Nest Audio or Nest Hub Max just by advising it to.

This new Guest Mode is fundamentally similar to Chrome’s Incognito tabs. At the point when initiated, it forestalls your Google Assistant associations from being recorded to your record. This can be useful in any event, when you’re not getting verbally freaky with your Assistant. For a certain something, it keeps the collaborations of your loved ones have with your smart gadgets from impacting the personalized Assistant experience that you’ve bit by bit curated.

The experience isn’t idiot proof, in any case. Regardless of whether you have your smart speaker in Guest Mode, in the event that you utilize Assistant to get to another Google service like Maps, your interactions may be saved by that service if not straightforwardly to your account.


Google Assistant can at last schedule your smart lights

Google Assistant as of now works with Hue and other smart lights, however usefulness has been restricted to turning them on and off, utilizing them with alarms and a couple of different highlights. Presently, you can schedule lights and other electric gadgets to turn on and off at explicit and even general times, as Android Police and Reddit clients have noted.

The feature works through Google’s “Scheduled Actions” feature. That permits you to state “Hey Google, turn on the lights at 7 AM,” for instance. You can set times for the current day or some other day throughout the following week by saying “Hey Google, turn on my coffee maker at 8 AM tomorrow,” or “run my sprinkler in a week at 5 PM,” for instance. Android Police found that you can even set it to turn lights on or off at sunrise or sunset, without the need to affirm a specific time.

The feature is working, yet at the same time seems to require greater refinement. For example, in the event that you state “tomorrow” without referencing a particular time, it will simply recognize the command yet do nothing. Additionally, Google’s documentation expresses that you can cancel scheduled actions, yet that function doesn’t seem to work yet, as per Reddit and Android Police clients. In view of the Google Assistant smart home documentation, nonetheless, those highlights should be working soon.


Google Assistant declares a new update for Android Auto clients as well

Google has recently declared that Google Assistant would be updated with help for third-party applications, basically giving clients a further advanced and personalized experience.

All the more explicitly, Google has united with the developers of the 30 most downloaded applications on the Google Play Store to include further Assistant integration, and these incorporate Spotify, Snapchat, Twitter, and others.

“People do a lot more with their apps beyond simply opening and searching within apps, and we want to enable voice commands to those frequent tasks, too,” Google explains.

“Now you can do things like playing music, starting a run, posting on social media, ordering food, paying back a friend, hailing a ride—the list goes on and on—all with just your voice. Starting today, you can try doing more using your voice with more than 30 of the top apps on Google Play available in English globally, with more apps coming.”

Since Google Assistant is a basic part of the experience behind the wheel, this new declaration is big news for Android Auto clients as well.

A few of the applications that are getting further Assistant integration are as of now accessible on Android Auto, and this clearly makes the way for further advanced hands-free interaction when driving. For instance, in Spotify, Google Assistant will let you begin playing explicit mixes and playlists, all by basically saying “Hey Google, open Motivation Mix on Spotify.”

Obviously, this Google Assistant update additionally permits drivers to accomplish more with voice commands behind the wheel. For instance, with improved support for voice commands, applications could end up having the option to post new content, (for example, Twitter or Snapchat), log an action (in activity tracking tools like MyFitnessPal), or even search for products in online stores, however this clearly isn’t suggested behind the wheel.

Google will likewise permit clients to make custom shortcut phrases for all of these, so for instance, on the off chance that you want to play a particular mix on Spotify, you can simply configure the command to be something like “Hey Google, let’s get the party started.”


Google Assistant presently works with in excess of 50,000 smart home services and gadgets

The development of IoT tech like the Google Assistant is one that we frequently don’t take note. Google is presently claiming that its industry-leading Assistant is currently viable with in excess of 50,000 gadgets accessible from in excess of 5,500 brands.

A Google support page proposes that the Assistant has hit this quite great yet difficult to-check achievement (through Android Police). Considering exactly what number of smart home gadgets release every single week with “Google Assistant support” decorated on the packaging and press releases, it’s in reality less amazing to hear Google promote this degree of integration and support.

We’re certain a great deal of the hardware comprises of “generic” smart home tech like bulbs, lightstrips, powerstrips and plugs. Be that as it may, the Google Assistant is coordinated into unmistakably more form factors than any time in recent memory, with faucets, ovens, and even kettles now fully voice activated.

Taking into account that the Assistant propelled completely in 2016, this is noteworthy development even with rival services from Amazon, Samsung, and Apple all competing for integration into their own voice assistant ecosystems. We’re certain that 100,000 gadgets will be included considerably quicker this time around, however, up ’til now more smart home hardware starts to work with the best voice assistant on the market.

With Fitbit gadgets set to pick up Google Assistant support, we could even observe a huge wave of wearables bringing support over the coming months, as well. Hell, our own Google Home Essentials series expects to sift through that growing 50,000 database and assist you with getting the very best smart home hardware working with your own developing Google ecosystem.


Google Assistant currently lets you make a ‘Family Bell’ schedule, Broadcast to explicit rooms/gadgets

With distance learning as a result for the forthcoming school season, in any event in the US, Google Assistant is adding a handful of features to facilitate the change. This incorporates Family Bell, exact Broadcasting, and other offbeat highlights focused on kids.

Google wants to imitate how the school day is normally punctuated by a bell schedule. Notwithstanding being valuable for virtual learning, it’s extraordinary for anyone that wants to keep a personal schedule:

We can add bell reminders throughout the day that announce when it’s time to start an online class, take a break, settle in for reading time, have a snack or even for bedtime

You can empower it in Assistant settings or with “Hey Google, create a Family Bell.” It takes a shot at Smart Displays and speakers with controls accessible on Android and iOS. One pleasant setting lets you have various bells conjure all the while on various gadgets:

It includes suggested bells for activities like recess, nap time or math time, or you can customize bells to alert someone in your household of an upcoming activity.

Family Bell for Google Assistant is beginning to turn out today in English in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and India.

Other new features outfitted towards kids today incorporates:

“Hey Google, start the school day” and “Hey Google, school’s in session” will show a “school-themed visual and play the familiar sounds of school—like kids ruffling through their lockers.” It can be attached with any smart lighting in your home to flash a red, orange, and yellow succession.

There’s additionally a clear “Hey Google, tell me about the animal of the day” for no particular reason realities and daily challenges

In conclusion, Google is at last letting you communicate messages to explicit rooms as well as gadgets as opposed to covering the entire house. Make certain to add the destination after “broadcast.” For instance, “Hey Google, broadcast to the living room, dinner is ready.”

Seen in testing a month ago, this feature is turning out globally in English today on all smart home gadgets.


Google apparently negotiating with Samsung to push Assistant over Bixby

Google and Samsung are in conversations for a deal that would give the US tech monster’s services more prominence on Samsung phones to the expense of those from the Korean maker, as indicated by a report by Bloomberg. The deal would supposedly include advancing the Google Assistant and the Play Store over Samsung’s own other options.

Samsung is the world’s biggest cell phone organization and by a wide margin the main Android handset producer in the US. While its phones use Google’s Android operating system, Samsung has reliably attempted to work out an ecosystem of its own software that runs on Android, including the Bixby voice assistant and the Galaxy app store. Google’s own products are as yet accessible on Samsung’s phones, yet Samsung has ventured to remember dedicated buttons for its hardware trying to make Bixby the most available option for clients.

Google and Samsung have conflicted over the cell phone producer’s Android customizations previously, and Samsung supposedly consented to restrain some of its TouchWiz changes in 2014. While it seems as though Google despite everything may not be happy with what’s happened from that point forward, Samsung will take some convincing this time. Potential terms of the deal haven’t been revealed, yet as Bloomberg notes, Google has a multi-billion-dollar agreement with Apple to be the default search provider in the Safari browser.

Another twist in this story is that the news comes as Google is joining other tech giants in endeavoring to convince US lawmakers that it isn’t manhandling its power. The Play Store and Google’s mandatory service bundling on Android phones have gotten elevated antitrust investigation, and a deal with Samsung could subvert Google’s argument that the Android platform empowers strong competition.

“Samsung remains committed to our own ecosystem and services,” a Samsung spokesperson tells Bloomberg in a statement. “At the same time, Samsung closely works with Google and other partners to offer the best mobile experiences for our users.”

“Like all Android device makers, Samsung is free to create its own app store and digital assistant,” a Google spokesperson says. “That’s one of the great features of the Android platform. And while we regularly talk with partners about ways to improve the user experience, we have no plans to change that.”