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Google Assistant just got a whole lot smarter with IFTTT integration

If you're an early adopter of the Pixel disappointed that one of its touchstone features, the Assistant, isn't quite as smart as Google led you to believe, we have a solution of sorts.

Today, Google added itself to IFTTT's (If This Then That) extensive database of integrations, allowing users to create and execute "recipes" through the Assistant itself.

For the uninitiated, IFTTT is a tool that allows disparate services to talk to one another. While Assistant will eventually work natively with many services, from Spotify to Philips Hue, right now the integrations are limited. IFTTT fills in those gaps by allowing you to use one input (in this case, Google Assistant) to execute an action (say, turning on your Philips Hue light bulbs).

Most of the early recipes are rudimentary but fun

Most of the early recipes are rudimentary but fun, like posting to Twitter or Facebook using your voice, or changing the color of your LIFX lightbulb. With time, though — and a bit of ingenuity — the recipes should become a lot more useful.

As Alex Dobie said in his Pixel review, "The reality is that Assistant is, at the time of writing, very much a version 1.0 product." IFTTT integration does doesn't get it to 2.0, but maybe to 1.2, which is a nice step in the right direction.

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

15 Comments
  • Is Google Home going to have a standalone version of Google Assistant, or is it going to be phone dependent? Opening up the IFTTT channel to all Google Now users would have been nice.
  • Actually not. You don't want a home automation system that uses IFTTT. You want a home automation system that's designed so well it doesn't need IFTTT.
  • Looks promising..
  • Does this work with Allo?
  • It doesn't appear to, at least not as of this moment. I was just able to configure a recipe to use my Harmony Hub. The command "OK Google, turn on TV" works fine though the voice controlled assistant. The Assistant in Allo responds "Sorry, I can't quite control that yet."
  • I wonder if Tasker is on the list for future integration?
  • If I recall correctly, Joao Dias is a registered developer for Google Home, so there'll likely be an Auto App that can bring Google Home's abilities to Tasker.
  • Really?! Where did you hear this?
  • I misremembered, looks like he only signed up for future access to the API. https://plus.google.com/+JoãoDias/posts/4WWCHWc2dbM
  • I've tried ifttt several times and it's never worked. Trigger works great.
  • I'm right there with you, IFTTT and assistant integration is half baked at best. "I found this on the web for you" .... Great ... Thanks I guess ... Now just let me open the nest app and actually change my temperature. Anyway, you mention Trigger works great. What do you mean by that? I also use Trigger (the android app) and as far as I know it doesn't have voice control and doesn't have any ties into IFTTT or Wink or SmartThings so I'm just wondering what you meant by that comment. I'm hoping maybe I've be missing something g and trigger has some kind of functionality I never knew.
  • This is really amazing, I love how it works on my Pixel XL as well, I was worried at first that it was only for Google Home. My favorite part is how you can configure Assistant to say whatever you want after it completes the task. Now if only you can make triggers on IFTTT deliver stuff to Google Assistant-- that'd be even better!
  • +1
  • IFTTT is nice but sometimes it is so slow.
  • If This Then That Sounds like statements in coding haha...memories of MS Visual Basic class