Actions on Google now supports 16 languages

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Actions on Google supports 16 languages, android app integration and better geo capabilities. Developers can now create actions in these languages:

  • English,
  • French,
  • German,
  • Japanese,
  • Korean,
  • Spanish,
  • Portuguese,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • Danish,
  • Dutch,
  • Hindi,
  • Indonesian,
  • Norwegian,
  • Swedish,
  • Thai

Google knows that the mere fact that a language is supported isn’t enough to get all the developers on board. New capabilities (Helpers) for Actions on Google will let developers deep link from their Assistant app to something specific in their Android app. This is in addition to the fact that Assistant would be able to perform actions inside an Android app. In the example below, SpotHero can take you to see your parking pass in its app directly after you book a spot through its Assistant app.

Assistant apps like +Uber would be able to check if you want to give them your known home location, get it from Google, and prepare your ride accordingly without disturbing your experience.

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Hey Google, for your Android apps, Google Assistant gets custom shortcuts for directly interacting with third-party Android apps

Google Assistant helps people get things done every day—and for people using Android phones, mobile apps are often the best way to help with tasks. So today, Google is extending the convenience of simple Assistant voice commands to work with your favorite Android apps.

Opening and searching within Android apps using “Hey Google” is now available to all Assistant-enabled Android phones. This makes everyday tasks within an app much easier thanks to voice. For example, you can now say, “Hey Google, search cozy blankets on Etsy” and get right to what you’re looking for. Or if you’re looking for something (or someone) specific within an app, just say, “Hey Google, open Selena Gomez on Snapchat.” 

But 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. You can try doing more using your voice with 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.

Create custom shortcut phrases, so instead of saying “Hey Google, tighten my shoes with Nike Adapt,” you can create a shortcut to just say, “Hey Google, lace it.” You can explore suggested shortcuts or create your own by simply saying, “Hey Google, show my shortcuts” to get to the settings screen. 

Whether you want a hands-free way to use your apps or shortcuts to complete common tasks, Google Assistant on Android is making accessing your apps more useful and convenient.

Google Assistant is getting much more integrated with third-party apps on Android phones. Google is rolling out the ability to search apps and even use voice commands for popular tasks like sending messages, starting runs, or browsing your shopping cart.

While Assistant has supported opening apps through voice commands for some time, starting today, users will also be able to search within any app they have installed on Android directly from Google Assistant. And for developers that add support, Google is going even further, adding even deeper integration for Assistant to directly link out to common tasks or pages within an app using voice commands.

Previously, Assistant’s third-party support was largely limited to custom actions — effectively, apps that run within Assistant. The new functionality, though, lets Assistant work directly with apps that you have installed on your phone.

For example, you’ll be able to ask Assistant to pull up your YouTube subscriptions tab by saying “Hey Google, YouTube subscriptions,” while saying “Hey Google, My Instagram profile” will pull up your profile page within the Instagram app. (In perhaps the most ostentatious example of this, Google is supporting Nike’s Adapt sneakers, which you’ll be able to command to automatically lace up with your voice.)

To start, Google is rolling out support for around 30 applications from the top apps in the Play Store, including Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, TikTok, Spotify, Postmates, Discord, Walmart, Etsy, Snapchat, Twitter, Uber, and more. A variety of Google apps, including YouTube, Gmail, and Maps, are also included.

Developers will be able to add their own built-in integrations to their apps, enabling deep-linking for specific pages and app features, meaning that the number of apps that offer this level of integration should expand soon. Google is offering both a list of specific common functions (like posting within an app) along with the option to create custom actions, too.

To see which apps offer app-specific shortcuts, say “Hey Google, my shortcuts” to your Android phone, which will bring you to a new menu that shows which apps have shortcuts and allow you to activate specific commands. To use a shortcut, you’ll have to add it first to Google Assistant. Google offers a list of suggestions for actions based on the apps you use frequently, but you’ll also be able to view all possible actions on an app-by-app basis.

Shortcuts can also be edited with custom phrases. For example, instead of saying “Hey Google, tweet” to open the Twitter app and create a new tweet, you can customize it to perform that action with your own phrase instead, like “Hey Google, shout into the endless void.”

That said, while you can edit the trigger phrases for specific commands, you’re limited by the apps and options that each developer is offering. For example, right now, you can use a shortcut to create a new Facebook story but not a new Instagram one.

The new Assistant shortcuts open up Assistant for a lot more use cases than were previously available, It could help make Assistant even more useful and customizable going forward.

To make your Android device more helpful, updates to Google Assistant now make it easier to use your favorite mobile apps. Simply open or search apps using just your voice, check out more by saying “Hey Google, shortcuts”.

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