Google Assistant, a digital conversational, personal tool that helps in getting things done when asked—is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear—starting this week, is now available on more smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
“The Assistant will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow with Google Play Services,” Google says. Additionally, Assistant will also be available on some newly announced devices, including LG G6.
Just few weeks ago, it also made available to Android Wear 2.0, via new smartwatches. And, as previewed in January, the Assistant is also coming to TVs and cars.
Here are a few other things to try out on Assistan with a simple long press on the Home button or say “Ok Google”: “What’s my confirmation number for my London flight?, Take me to Museu Picasso, Show my photos of sunsets in Tahoe, Do I need an umbrella today?, Turn on the living room lights.”
Google Assistant is rolling out begining this week to all English users in the U.S., followed by Australia, Canada and UK, as well as German speakers in Germany.
Google says over the coming year, more languages will be get added. “Our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it.”
Google’s messaging app Allo, along with its built-in virtual assistant, is coming to desktop. Until now there were no signs of Allo being anything more than a mobile app — but now we know it will soon be making an appearance on the big screen, so to speak.
Google Allo is soon coming to desktop, as a client is currently in “early development”, revealed Nick Fox, Google’s VP of Communications Products at Google on Twitter. Other than this, there’s not much to be known about the desktop client at this point, “not even a launch window.”
— Nick Fox (@RealNickFox) February 24, 2017
One year after the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology being released, Google’s app for iOS can now finally surface AMPs in the search results. As usual, AMPs in the iOS app will also be marked with the familiar lighting bolt icon as seen in mobile search elsewhere.
In addition, Google has also released a couple of other updates to the app including:
- you can now filter results by “Top Rated” and what’s “Open Now” for local establishments search query.
- Gboard support is now available, whether or not an alternative keyboard is installed on your device.
In another search news, Google Site Search will cease on April 1, 2017, however, current customers throughout the remainder of their license will still be able to use the product. The site search is set to be completely removed from the web by April 1, 2018.
As an alternatives to Site Search, here are few products that you can try: “Google Custom Search, Google Cloud Search, and Amazon CloudSearch.”
“We are winding down the Google Site Search product over the next year, but will provide customer and technical support through the duration of license agreements.
“For GSS users whose contract expires between April 1st and June 30th, 2017, we are providing a free 3-month extension with additional query volume to allow more time for them to implement the necessary changes to their site. GSS customers may also take advantage of our Custom Search Engine solution, an ads-supported model that offers similar functionality.
“We continue to build out new functionality and invest in new technology that make enterprise search a great experience for our customers. Just recently, we introduced the general availability of Google Cloud Search for G Suite customers,” stated Google in a e-mail sent to Site Search customers.