Google Assistant has upped its game quite a bit since its debut on the Google Pixel. With the upgraded versions compatible with Android 2.0, more consumers are enjoying all of the amazing things that Google Assistant can do. While it is not compatible with all older Androids or all Smart Watches, the assistant is making its mark in the competitive world of virtual assistant technology.
With so many new users still getting to know Google Assistant, here is a compilation of some helpful things that your new assistant can do to make your life easier.
COLLABORATE WITH GE SMART APPLIANCES
While the Google Assistant cannot connect directly to your dryer or freezer, it will communicate via Geneva, the technology created to connect smart devices with Amazon’s Alexa. So, if you would like your oven preheated or your heat turned up, you tell Google to relay your message through Geneva Home.
GIVE TIMELY UPDATES
Having the most current information available to you is necessary if you want to keep up with the frantic pace of today’s news cycles and world events. Google Assistant will give you the most up to date information if after you say, “Ok Google” you say, “good morning,” “good afternoon,” or “good evening.” With this advancement, you will not hear Google Assistant read through your agenda for the day when you are home for the evening.
The days of fumbling through a foreign language phrase book are officially over; Google Assistant can give you on-demand translations. Just say, “Ok Google” followed by the phrase you would like to know.
Why search the web to find out the distance from the Earth to Mars, when all you need to do is say, “Ok Google” and then ask the question.
SOLVE SELFIE PROBLEMS
Your selfies just got bumped up a notch. When you tell Google Assistant to “take a selfie,” the phone’s camera opens, and then the assistant begins a 3, 2, 1 countdown before it snaps the shot; selfies have never been easier.
ANIMATE YOUR WORLD
Select the ANIMATE tab while in assistant and then choose between 2-50 of the images on your phone. The end result will be an animated GIF of your photos. This feature is not life-changing, but it is clever.
Google Assistant can back up photos, phone files, lists, and just about anything you want to save.
READ THE NEWS
Google Assistant will gladly read you the news about preselected topics if you ask. A bonus is the story comes to you from real human voices and not the standard speech-to-text adaptation.
Your wish is Google Assistant’s command. Ask the assistant to operate the toggle you need, and the task is complete. This ability comes in extremely handy when you need the flashlight and can’t reach the phone.
JUST FOR FUN
Much like Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant can be entertaining. It will play a game with you and even has a unique trivia game that covers a broad range of topics. If you are in the mood to hear a joke, Google Assistant will do its best to keep you laughing. If you are experiencing general boredom, just say, “Ok Google, I’m bored” and watch what happens.
Google Assistant is an advancement that eclipses Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana assistants. It is worth spending some time getting to know your assistant; it will open up worlds of possibilities.
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