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Actions on Google get better media playback, more subscriptions, and custom commands

10 March 2018, 03:44 | Justin Tyler

Actions on Google get better media playback, more subscriptions, and custom commands

Actions on Google get better media playback, more subscriptions, and custom commands

With Actions on Google, third-party developers can add an action that they want Assistant to undertake when given a voice or text command.

Finally, here's a big one, OEMs will now be able to add custom Assistant commands to their devices.

To make Assistant more useful and human-machine communication easier, Google has announced that it will now allow other companies to create custom commands when its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant is built into their products.

The Google Assistant is available across all kinds of devices-from speakers to phones, TVs and more.

From multilingual support and more languages to Routines, Google has been on a roll in recent weeks adding new features to Assistant.

With media playback controls, you can use your voice to control any media being played by Actions or use your phone's screen to play, pause, replay items, and turn off your screen while the audio plays in the background.

If you happen to be in Austin for SXSW, you can visit the Google Assistant Fun House at 1301 E. Cesar Chavez.

Today's new features are especially geared towards the smart home and better integrating those gadgets with Assistant. In order to encourage the usage, the new feature aims to add more functionality on such speciality devices. New things like meditation sessions, relaxing sounds, and even clips from TV shows will be available. On your phone, audio from Actions will produce a media notification you can use to manage playback as well. Once the update is official a user will be able to record and send a 30 sec video message if and when the recipient is not picking up the call or declines the call for some odd reason. Google uses the instance of turning on a connected oven. Now you can say a more specific command such as "Ok Google, set the oven to convection and preheat to 350-degrees". Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability. There aren't many examples of hardware with built-in Assistant yet, but developers will be able to include custom commands in them going forward. You wouldn't have to say "Talk to X" before issuing a complex custom command.

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