Google has announced that it has redesigned the Assistant on phones including iOS and Android with a focus to do things quicker regardless of using hands, voice, or a combination of the two.
Assistant made its début two years ago with voice input ability has since then nearly half of all interactions including both voice and touch, says Google.
Now, with the redesigned Assistant users can complete things faster by using their voice and touch on phones.
“The new design combines the best of text and talk on your phone, giving you the relevant information right when you need it. Just ask your Google Assistant for something on your phone, and then you can interact with images, sliders, and buttons to get the help you need in a fraction of the time.”
Key changes in the redesigned Google Assistant include:
- Bigger visuals for easy at a glance
- New controls and sliders for managing smart home devices, like dials to adjust lights brightness or sliders to control the volume of the smart speaker
- The interactive messaging interface allows to add a comma, change a word or make edits with fingers while composing messages.
- On Android phones, users can swipe up their Assistant screen to see a curated overview of their day.See this GIF animation for swipe up:
The new capabilities for developers and brands help them make better use of the phone screen.
For example, Starbucks’ thumbnails let users select recommended items from the menus, while FitStar display GIF to give a preview of the workout.
This GIF shows FitStar GIF workout preview:
These features are available now to Google Home and Google Assistant on phones.
To get started with new features simply update Google Assistant app from the Apple App Store for iOS, or Google Play Store for Android.