Google Updates Assistant on Phones with a New Touch-Friendly Design

James Marshall
October 4, 2018

Google has announced that it will add touch-interactive elements to replies within Google Assistant for better and quicker interactions with your phone. To help with that, we're also introducing Google Sign-In for the Assistant, a secure authentication method that simplifies account linking for your users and reduces user drop off for login. Overall, the idea is to make interacting with the software via touch controls a lot easier on mobile devices.

With the Google Assistant redesign, now when you send a query, you will be able to interact with images, sliders, and buttons. Additionally, it is now easier to access an overview of the day on Android smartphones.

New controls for your smart home devices. Use dials to adjust lights, or sliders to adjust volume of your home speaker.

Google Assistant is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes.

Meanwhile, developers and brands now have tools that let them make full use of the phone's display. This means 'Starbucks now has thumbnails to select from recommended items on their menus, Food Network has larger images of their recipes, and FitStar uses GIFs to give you a preview of your workout'. Now, all you have to do is swipe up from the Assistant screen to see suggestions and alerts based on your schedule and location. This will allow Actions to remember purchases made by users.

"Since the Google Assistant made its debut, we've noticed that almost half of all interactions with the Assistant today include both voice and touch", said voice actions group PM Tarun Jain in a blog post Wednesday. Developers will also be able to monetize Actions on Google now. Google noted that this feature will initially be supported in the United States, with availability in more regions "coming soon". The timing is not coincidental; the Pixel 3 arrives next week and is expected to usher in the best of Google in both hardware and software.

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