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Here's everything Google Assistant can do on your phone

Google Assistant is starting to roll out to all Android phones running Marshmallow and Nougat. There's a lot of pretty cool things it can do to make life that much easier.

From helping to book reservations and find transportation for your night out to setting your morning alarm without having to stare at a bright screen in a dark room, here's just some of the ways to use Google Assistant throughout your day. And it all starts by saying "OK Google".

Update March 2017: Google Assistant has started rolling out to all Android phones running on Marshmallow and Nougat.

Music

You can use Google Assistant to find and play music, but app support is pretty limited at this point. By default, Google Assistant will try to fulfill your requests using Google Play Music and YouTube. If you search for a specific song or artist, such as "Play Can't Stop by the Red Hot Chili Peppers", your request will be completed with YouTube. If you request a genre, such as "Play hip hop music", Google Assistant will find a relevant Google Play Music radio station. Alternatively, you can simply say "Play music" to have Google Assistant pull up the I'm Feeling Lucky station in Google Play Music.

Pandora and Spotify are already supported by Google Assistant, you'll just have to include the third-party app in your request. If you use another third-party app for music, you can ask the Assistant to open the app, but from there you'll have to get the party started with some old-fashioned on-screen input.

Reminders

Google Assistant can be used to create quick reminders for yourself. Depending on your request, Google Assistant will create a time-based or location based reminders. For example, if you ask "Remind me to take out the garbage when I'm leaving the house", you'll get the option of creating that reminder based on time of day (morning, afternoon or evening) or based on your GPS location — Google will ping your saved locations, such as your home or work).

Google will then pop up with a reminder depending on the parameters you selected, whether that's when your phone detects you're leaving the house, or at the specified time.

Alarms and timers

If you use your phone for your morning alarm clock (and who doesn't these days?), setting alarms with Google Assistant will quickly become the feature you use most frequently. You can set a daily alarm for yourself ("Wake me up every day at 7 a.m.") or schedule yourself a quick nap ("Set an alarm for 2 hours from now"). You can be fairly conversational when setting alarms with Google Assistant, but you'll always want to specify morning or evening if you don't want to accidentally set that important morning alarm for p.m. instead of a.m.

You can also use Google Assistant to set a timer without fiddling around in the Clock app. For anyone who spends significant time in the kitchen, this is an absolutely essential tool for those times when you've got messy hands and would rather not touch your phone. ds

News and weather

You can get all the latest news and weather updates via Google Assistant. For news, Google Assistant pulls radio news reports from sources which you can customize to suit your personal preferences in settings. To listen your daily news briefing, which is regularly updated throughout the day, simply say something like "Listen to news" or "What's on the news?".

For weather, you're able to get the current local forecasts (powered by Weather.com) by simply asking "What's the weather like", or find out long-term weather forecasts by asking "What's the weather like this weekend?" If you're travelling, Google Assistant can deliver your destination's weather forecast with just a small tweak to the core weather command ("What's the weather like in New York this weekend?"). Google Assistant will read out the weather forecast, along with providing the information on-screen.

Sports

Sports fans can find information and trivia on their favorite leagues and teams using Google Assistant. For example, saying "Scores College Football" gives you a rundown of the latest completed games, or you can say something like "What's the latest NHL news?" to get a list of the latest headlines for your reading pleasure. You can also narrow down your information to your favorite teams to find recent results and upcoming schedules.

There's definitely room for improvement here, as asking specific questions such as "Who's the leading scorer in the NHL this season?" should be an easy answer to pull, but the Google Assistant only offers you a link to the NHL stats page. You'll still get the answer you're looking for, it's just not as streamlined at this point as one might hope.

Answer questions

Google is basically the world's go-to source for answering the questions that pop up throughout everyday life. Google Assistant makes that easier by letting you verbally ask the question, and more often than not she will respond with the answer you're looking for. If Google Assistant doesn't reply with a spoken response, it will typically provide a link to what it's determined to be the best source to answer your question. There's no limit to the questions you can throw at it, and you might end up being surprised when it handles a more complex question with ease.

Going out

Google Assistant can help you when you're planning a night out on the town. Want to find a new restaurant to check out? You can search to find what's nearby, or find results based on neighbourhoods and cuisine style. No matter how you search it, you'll get a number of recommendations to choose from. If the restaurants take reservations through OpenTable, Google Assistant can walk you through that process and place your reservation — super convenient.

If you're interested to find out what's going on in your city this weekend, you can ask just that and your Google Assistant will throw together a rundown of events that might be of interest to you. You can also quickly call up a list of the available cab companies by asking Google Assistant to call you a cab if you need, or ask to find the nearest public transit stop.

Translation

Just like Google Now, you can use Google Assistant to find translations for words or phrases from English into any of the languages Google Translate supports.

To get a live translation using Google Assistant, simply call up the assistant and be as formal or informal as you please. For example, you could say "translate what is the time in french", or "how do you say what is the time in french?", and Google Assistant will fire back with the written translation of the phrase or words, along with an audio translation. If you're travelling abroad and using this feature to help with communicating across language barriers, you can specify the language the first time and keep coming back with translation requests without specifying the language each time. You'll also want to keep an eye on the recommendations below your requested translation, which suggest other common phrases or words that might be useful to you.

Not every language is supported with audio playback for the translations, but if Google Translate can translate the text, so can Google Assistant.

Calls, texts, and email

Google Assistant can be used to both make calls and send text messages hands free, an ideal feature for when you need to get in touch with someone when you're driving. Since Google Assistant has access to your contacts, you're able to text or call anyone on your phone by name — if they have more than one phone number in your phone, you'll want to specify which one you want to call or text.

It works just the same with email via your Gmail account, although it's not quite as seamless for Google Assistant to find emails the same way it does for calls and texts.

Open apps

While Google Assistant is still far from supporting most third-party apps, you are able to at least access them using only your voice. This can come in handy if you've loaded your phone with apps and don't like perusing through the app drawer each time to find them.

Control phone settings

You can also use Google Assistant to control most of the phone settings found in the Notification Shade. You can toggling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airplane mode, controlling the screens brightness, control the phone's volume, and also turn on and off the flashlight.

(Quick easter egg: Harry Potter fans will be giddy to know you can turn the flashlight on and off by saying "Lumos" and "Nox".)

Google Maps is one of the world's most popular apps, and for good reason. Whether you're driving to an unfamiliar part of a town for the first time, or just looking for traffic updates on your daily commute, Google Maps is there to help.

Full integration with Google Assistant makes using Google Maps a breeze. Simply ask for directions to an address, or even something less specific such as the nearest gas station or convenience store, and Google Assistant will automatically process your request and open up Google Maps with the coordinates plugged in and ready to go. Simply tap the directions button to start on your journey.

Control your Smart Home devices

One of the latest features added to Google Assistant is the ability to control various smart home products from Honeywell, Belkin's WeMo, Nest, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings. You can easily add devices to Google Assistant by going into the Home Control menu in Settings. Not only are you able to see which of your devices are connected, you're also able to set up rooms for control. This cuts out the need to switch between control apps for your different smart home devices. It also helps you to centralize your smart home controls without needing a Google Home.

How do you plan on using Google Assistant?

We'll be updating this article as more functionality is added to Google Assistant. In the meanwhile, we're curious to know how you're using Google Assistant. Do you find it useful for some tasks more than other? What features would you like to see added? Let us know in the comments!

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

111 Comments
  • Doesn't "ok Google" already let you do all those already?
  • Mostly, but assistant is more fluid, like you are having a conversation with a actual person. Assistant will get better over time, the best out there over the others.
  • It must like your voice way better than mine. I find the voice recognition pales in comparison to Utter, although the latter hasn't seen an update in years. Assistant might get better, but I'd depended on Now features like reading texts and emails while driving; if the product wasn't ready to replace Now, they should have waited until it could or offered both until it could.
  • I think the same. Not really different than Google Now. More fluid? Disagree. Just Google's way of repackaging something and telling you it's the best. Sort of like.....Apple.
  • Having used it, yes it IS far more fluid, actually. Way faster, the language recognition appears notably better, and the progression through tasks, responses, follow-up questions, etc. can be described really only as "more fluid."
  • Exactly!!! i was thinking about the same thing. I can practicaly do all those with "Ok Google" with my Nexus device. There's one more thing that i still can't stand with "Ok Google", it's the page that open when you're setting up a reminder or other complicated command, after you're done ain't no way to make it disappear to go straight to the home screen, if the only way to do that is by doing it manually (by touching the home button) i guess it's not convenient at all.
  • You clearly never used a pixel. I own both and as other sayd its 1000 times more fluid and somehow way more "intelligent".
  • Actually I have owned one. Traded it in for a V20. Boring phone and not enough to justify the price. No more fluid than any other flagship right now.
  • How did you justify it when you originally bought it?
  • Google Now did. And I miss those features. Google Assistant 'can' send messages, true, but it cannot READ messages, and it cannot verify the dictation so be prepared to send some pretty weird texts. Google Now would also let you highlight a screen for what the home-hold trigger would search, or let you enter something via text, Assistant only takes what it finds first, unguided, or what it thought you said. Overall frustrating and no where near as useful as Google Now was. Is there any way to revert?
  • You're right. I was one of the fools that fell for the Pixel because of this. It lasted 3 weeks. The biggest ripoff in the smartphone industry. My axon7 has it all over pixel. Better screen, more storage plus sd support, great build quality, a lot faster and antutu benchmarks proved it, and don't forget the dual dac hifi with dolby atmos. My S7 edge is now my backup. But at least I got almost as much as what I paid on ebay.
  • The Axon7 sounds good. A flawed design though as you can't remove the battery. But that design flaw is shared with Pixel! But what you you think of the camera? I've heard that the Axon7 camera doesn't run in the same leagues as the Samsung S7*, iPhone 7, or Pixel. Or even the V20.
  • Yeah, I swapped my Pixel for OnePlus 3T and couldn't be happier. It feels more like a "Nexus" than the Pixel. 7.1.1 was even just released as a beta so it doesn't even feel behind on OS updates.
  • The Axon 7 looked nice but the OnePlus 3T has wifi calling on T-mobile so I went with it.
  • It can send WhatsApp messages too.
  • It's just a matter of time before this lands on all Android devices.
  • Pretty messed up that Nexus users have to wait so long though.
  • I didn't have to wait with my Nexus 6P. I rooted my phone and used the "Get Assistant" app to get the assistant. Also with the Android 7.1.1 Beta the Pixel launcher will install. Just search for on Google. I practically have a Pixel XL in my 6P. It's a lot of work but I read articles that helped me do it in a few days time. Just make sure you back everything up!
  • Don't break an arm patting yourself on the back.. Another self-righteous Nexus user. Glad your race is done.
  • Please
  • Unfortunatley it cant do calulations like hey google cubic ft of 26, 33, 60. It brings up calculator, do it yourself!
  • The result it gave me when I asked gave me the answer right in the result.
  • Maybe Google assistant thinks you should be able to solve simple math problems by yourself.
  • Is there any way for Google Now to differentiate between a song and the album by the same title. E.g. Play Californiacation by RHCP is a gamble as to whether it plays the song as a radio or the album in full. Is there a command to specify the album?
  • "Okay Google" Play the song Californication, or "Okay Google" Play the full album Californication. I added by Red Hot Chili Peppers but it worked both ways.
  • Here is what Assistant can NOT do: able to identify music or TV, add Google Keep note, provide a detailed forecast. Those things worked fine in Google Now and that's what I actually used, the rest of stupid things like Tell Me a Joke etc are all useless BS.
  • Exactly! Google software is so fragmented it's annoying. Why is there a separate Google assistant, now, and home... When they should all be one fluid service. Just like messenger, hangout, allo. Google needs to quit having 100 different teams working on the same service, and just make a single polished one.
  • I don't get the Allo, Duo, Hangouts, and Google Messenger thing either. All 4 either lack features or have bugs, Makes zero sense to release so many apps that basically do the same thing and none are perfect. I am leaning towards Whatsup now, works better then all above except for SMS
  • Didn't Google add yet another messaging service, or at least announce it, this week?
  • I just saved a note to my keep from it without trouble. And tapping on the forecast it provided gave me a details forecast. I don't recall Google Now giving me any more than this does, but I'm booting up my 5X now to verify.
  • I say "add note to Google Keep" it doesn't work in Assistant only in Google Now and weather card that you get from Google Now is a lot more useful then what u get from Assistant
  • Just say "take a note" and it will ask you what app to use. And I confirmed that if you tap the weather result it gives you you get everything from before. It takes one more step, but I'm sure the goal was to reduce clutter when most people want only the precise information they asked for.
  • I just tried and it didnt work. I said "Take a Note" and Assistant says "Sure, whats the note" after that it stops working and doesnt actually take any note. Works fine in Google Now. I am guessing you are doing it in Allo app?
  • This works perfectly for me. It just asks which app, I had Gmail and Keep to choose from. I chose Keep, and she said "sure, what's the note?" I read it out loud and bam, it was saved in Keep.
  • Mine Assistant can fluently add Keep notes,shopping list etc, not sure why is yours not.
  • Pixel line of phones and Google Assistant are just 2 marketing tricks to fool people and charge premium for phones
  • Exactly. The Pixel line is a souped up Nexus phone. That's fine, they are great phones, but the price isn't justified. I've had both Nexus and the Pixel XL and exchanged for the V20 because the Pixel is meh.
  • You didn't get the so called "fluidity" or "user experience" everyone is saying only the Pixel can offer (among Android devices)? Supposedly it's the first EVER!
  • First i have experience. But Android 7 on s7e is noticibly more responsive but not the level of the Pixel, imo.
  • Lol I love when people do this, attempt to inflate their own ego by writing off all the legitimate reasons why someone would buy a phone or product they don't care for. What a sad person you must be.
  • Exactly.
  • Have you ever actually used a Pixel phone?
  • You can also say "What's my daily briefing?" to get the weather, your agenda, and the curated news.
  • Hey everyone complaining. Use different services or apps. Simple as that. Why do I have the feeling you were not going to purchase anyways. Move on.
  • Install Google Keep and ask the assistant "Ok Google, add (whatever item you want) to my shopping list". It will start a "Google Assistant Shopping List" that you can edit with or without the help of the Assistant. "Show me my shopping list" comes pretty handy at the store.
  • "If you search for a specific song or artist, such as "Play Can't Stop by the Red Hot Chili Peppers", your request will be completed with YouTube." It plays in Google Play Music for me.
    2 annoying things for me...
    "What song is this" - doesn't work, I usually need to do it hands free due to what I'm doing at the time so cannot click the Google widget then the microphone.
    I cannot play a playlist in Google Play, this is the most annoying thing, I have loads, I don't want to listen to a "radio" with songs I've not chosen.
  • I just wonder why are we all going creazy over an feature only like 0.01% of android user can use. Until Google desices to ditribute Assistatn to other dievices we will not see how it will hold up to usage. At least Apple made it's assistetn awaliable to all iPhone user who could handle it. Google's way of only let Pixel phones use Assistant might backfire.
  • And now?
  • I have a blue pixel xl and love it!
  • Don't care what anyone says! back in the day Cortana on my Windows Phone even now would knock spots off apple and Googles offering
  • Windows *****.
  • Sounds like things my android phone already does?
  • .
  • I asked my pixel xl last night if my alarm was set (I was planning having a sleep in and wanted to make sure) , it said no alarms currently set. I said thank you, goodnight, and it said "goodnight, enjoy sleep mode" That had me laughing for ages. So frikkin awesome when it does unexpected funny nerdy stuff like that.
  • Have the Google Home and run into funny little replies all the time. The thing is the Assistant is amazing in what it can do but then has this additional aspect. It is not like it only does jokes, etc. The other day I was going to play something and said "hey google" but then said I forgot. The Assistant told me not to worry that happens to them all the time. It surprised me with the reply. Loved it.
  • ask it "when is my birthday" that is funny too.
  • I use the Assistant for todo's and ask it questions. If I had a Google Home, I would totally use it for music. I had an Echo but I hated the fact that Alexa doesn't use Google or hook up to more Google Services besides calendar. I returned it and I'm planning to get a Google Home soon!
  • Don't forget to say "OK Google", then "I'm feeling lucky". I do this on my commute home every evening lol.
  • Yes, but I fail to see the difference between what it does on my pixel as opposed to what it does on my S7 edge or axon 7.
  • Home automation?
  • I just asked Google Now to increase the temperature up by 2 degrees. It stated that no Nest was detected, which IS true, but the fact that it checked makes me think that even home detection works on Google Now on my S6.
  • What a weird business model Google has. Why not just improve the other assistant App you have? Everything google is so fragmented.
  • For Play Music, you can also say "Ok Google Skip" and it will skip the current song playing to the next...
  • I've disabled assistant via build prop on my Pixel. I prefer the old Google Now + Now on Tap which you get back if you disable assistant. I think it's more functional (can read text messages to me) and you can type which you cannot do when you bring up Assistant.
  • sooooo, what happened to "ok google, what song is this?"
  • I just wish the sound after I say "OK Google" would work without me having to turn on Switch Access under Accessibility settings.
  • Can it cook?
  • no but it can find you some good places to eat and recipes
  • I also find it can make very good telephone calls.
  • We are growing more towards iRobot, big brother watching, and T-virus. When art imitates life. If I want an ASSISTANT i will hire one - I don't need all these intrusive 'features' in a phone - I wish more consumers wouldn't so blindly welcome such intrusion disguised as 'features'
  • Super. Live in your world, we live in ours. People have different needs. Get over it
  • I am living in my world....that was until you decided to reply to 'my' comment with your irrelevant opinion.....my comment wasn't inviting or seeking approval or validation, I don't know why some of you argue on social media with strangers, mind your dhamn business - what a JOKE
  • Then why post it in a public forum? If you want people to mind their damn business, then keep it to yourself.
  • No actually you opened the door posting your opinion and this person posted theirs back. You didn't I dictate you didn't want anyone else to actually reply and that you were just ranting. That's how the interwebs work. Lol.
  • And their comments was just as entitled as yours was. If you post it on an open forum you're going to probably get some kind of reply.
  • a guilty pig squeals ...this is by far the worst case of fragile masculinity and insecurity I have witnessed thus far in my life. Stop assuming gender as I am not a man "dude".
    My original points remain. I have been laughing at you du__ies with every reply just sad you peons don't 'get' how silly you look....
    This is social media if you don't care for my opinion/comment bypass it and move on (that is what secure intelligent people do) Just because I comment publicly doesn't mean I am welcoming or inviting outside opinion unless I ask for it
    What do you get out of wasting your time commenting on another comment you don't agree with o_0
    People like you are what is wrong with the world....just fools. I often disagree with other's but I allow other's to have their perspective and opinion the internet wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for anonymity and insecure keyboard warriors who are so bothered by others who think differently than them...chutzpah! ....whw
  • Careful, some people might have tantrums over someone actually reading and commenting on stuff in forums.
  • you should brush up your limited knowledge on your word choices......
  • Dude, give it up. You're getting your ass handed to you and from several peeps. It's obviously YOU.with the issues. Relax
  • You can disable it.
  • ...duh.....my comment didn't ask if I could or couldn't....o_0
  • You realise these features have been widely available for more than half a decade right? And what does the t virus have to do with any of it? You should be embarrassed at your own stupidity.
  • whats stupid is people like you under 'my' comment offering your irrelevant opinion.....if you don't like my comment.....keep it moving....why is that such a difficult feat for you people....please learn what a tantrum is, etc. read to understand, not to have confrontation with a stranger on the computer.....just a waste of space...why cant it be people like you we hear about on the news getting shot down.......it is sad people dont 'get' it....I can say S voice is better than this, and people comment THEIR OPINION which is all subjective...under 'my' comment....why...is your ego that fragile.....go do something else with your time, not policing comments....there are tons of comments made I dont agree with I don't reply to them I do the intelligent thing and make my own or move on....chutzpah! Spits in your direction
  • Damn. Someone says something on your comment that isn't aligned with what you say so your response is "why don't we hear about people like you getting shot down" lovely. You expressed your opinion they expressed theirs, no need to wish they'd get shot.
  • a guilty pig squeals ...this is by far the worst case of fragile masculinity and insecurity I have witnessed thus far in my life. Stop assuming gender as I am not a man "dude".
    My original points remain. I have been laughing at you du__ies with every reply just sad you peons don't 'get' how silly you look....
    This is social media if you don't care for my opinion/comment bypass it and move on (that is what secure intelligent people do) Just because I comment publicly doesn't mean I am welcoming or inviting outside opinion unless I ask for it
    What do you get out of wasting your time commenting on another comment you don't agree with o_0
    People like you are what is wrong with the world....just fools. I often disagree with other's but I allow other's to have their perspective and opinion the internet wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for anonymity and insecure keyboard warriors who are so bothered by others who think differently than them...chutzpah!
  • "why is that such a difficult feat for you people...." wait, wait, wait.... What do you mean... "you people"...
  • JeBe4 wrote "whats stupid is people like you under 'my' comment offering your irrelevant opinion.....if you don't like my comment.....keep it moving....why is that such a difficult feat for you people" and then proceeded to respond to every comment that he didn't like. Hypocrisy knows no bounds.
  • drink bleach a guilty pig squeals ...this is by far the worst case of fragile masculinity and insecurity I have witnessed thus far in my life. Stop assuming gender as I am not a man "dude".
    My original points remain. I have been laughing at you du__ies with every reply just sad you peons don't 'get' how silly you look....
    This is social media if you don't care for my opinion/comment bypass it and move on (that is what secure intelligent people do) Just because I comment publicly doesn't mean I am welcoming or inviting outside opinion unless I ask for it
    What do you get out of wasting your time commenting on another comment you don't agree with o_0
    People like you are what is wrong with the world....just fools. I often disagree with other's but I allow other's to have their perspective and opinion the internet wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for anonymity and insecure keyboard warriors who are so bothered by others who think differently than them...chutzpah!
  • Are you off your meds?
  • You do understand that this is a forum, yes? Every time you post something there is a reply button underneath inviting any and all to reply to your comment - whether they agree or disagree with what you've said. I recommend that you do hire an assistant, then he or she can post comments and replies on your behalf. That might minimize the prevalence of these little outbursts!
  • silence a guilty pig squeals ...this is by far the worst case of fragile masculinity and insecurity I have witnessed thus far in my life. Stop assuming gender as I am not a man "dude".
    My original points remain. I have been laughing at you du__ies with every reply just sad you peons don't 'get' how silly you look....
    This is social media if you don't care for my opinion/comment bypass it and move on (that is what secure intelligent people do) Just because I comment publicly doesn't mean I am welcoming or inviting outside opinion unless I ask for it
    What do you get out of wasting your time commenting on another comment you don't agree with o_0
    People like you are what is wrong with the world....just fools. I often disagree with other's but I allow other's to have their perspective and opinion the internet wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for anonymity and insecure keyboard warriors who are so bothered by others who think differently than them...chutzpah!
  • a guilty pig squeals ...this is by far the worst case of fragile masculinity and insecurity I have witnessed thus far in my life. Stop assuming gender as I am not a man "dude".
    My original points remain. I have been laughing at you du__ies with every reply just sad you peons don't 'get' how silly you look....
    This is social media if you don't care for my opinion/comment bypass it and move on (that is what secure intelligent people do) Just because I comment publicly doesn't mean I am welcoming or inviting outside opinion unless I ask for it
    What do you get out of wasting your time commenting on another comment you don't agree with o_0
    People like you are what is wrong with the world....just fools. I often disagree with other's but I allow other's to have their perspective and opinion the internet wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for anonymity and insecure keyboard warriors who are so bothered by others who think differently than them...chutzpah! not
  • see that word 'REPLY' under your comment? take a guess what that's for...
  • T-Virus??? We are not in Resident Evil
  • But it won't work from my S7 Edge's AOD. That is the main reason I bought Google Home units. It's frustrating. My PHONE CAN set reminders and calendar events by voice but is not always listening. Google Home is always listening but can't do those things. And at home. GH trumps my phone even if my phone is awake and I query it. Early adopter limitations I guess.
  • Yeah this drives me crazy because one of the biggest OK Google things I use is - Call so and so on her mobile phone. It annoys me to no end when I'm home and do this and Google Home says "Sorry I can't make calls yet" I don't understand why it doesn't just hear that and realize I want to make a call on my cell phone an let it happen.
  • Right. Google Home should be "Hey Google". Our phones should be "Ok Google" at the least. And if someone suggests we simply turn the mic off on the Home Unit, by the time I do that I could have just dialed the damn number defeating the purpose of the convenience. I appreciate all the stuff going on in the background is complex (especially when you think how quickly the words are translated, queried back to the server and the results/actions provided). But I still can't get over how half baked it all feels at times. Overall, I'm still a fan of Google Now, Assistant and Home just REALLY want it all to come together.
  • How do we know when it is turned on? Is there a version number that shows?
  • How do we know when it is turned on? Is there a version number that shows?
  • Long press the home button and a splash screen should appear asking if you want to opt in. (I think.)
  • This is new? I've been doing all of that with "OK Google" for years already.
  • I agree with him. I don't see what extra features I'm getting? Someone else commented saying it's voice only? That sounds like a downgrade. I like being able to free text.
  • That's what I'm thinking. I've seen folks try to explain the difference, but outside of hub control, I just don't see it.
  • What about entering text? Can it still do that or do you have to be able to speak to your phone for assistant to be useful?
  • Assistant is entirely voice based. Which is why a lot of people aren't a fan.
  • What about the Netflix viewing functionality baked into the Google Home speaker?
  • What version of GP Services do you need for assistant. Am I going to be hosed b/c I am still running Beta 1 on Verizon of Nougat on my S7E?
  • I may be wrong but can't Google Now already do most (if not all) of these things?
  • I wonder if I blink my eyes....oh forget it - LOL emotional intelligence is lacking in many.......crazy ....middle aged white boys with nothing else better to do than down vote social media comments and create unnecessary conflict with a stranger ./// its not making you any money and you aren't winning a prize so why are you people PRESSED.....yuck a guilty pig squeals ...this is by far the worst case of fragile masculinity and insecurity I have witnessed thus far in my life. Stop assuming gender as I am not a man "dude".
    My original points remain. I have been laughing at you du__ies with every reply just sad you peons don't 'get' how silly you look....
    This is social media if you don't care for my opinion/comment bypass it and move on (that is what secure intelligent people do) Just because I comment publicly doesn't mean I am welcoming or inviting outside opinion unless I ask for it
    What do you get out of wasting your time commenting on another comment you don't agree with o_0
    People like you are what is wrong with the world....just fools. I often disagree with other's but I allow other's to have their perspective and opinion the internet wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for anonymity and insecure keyboard warriors who are so bothered by others who think differently than them...chutzpah! LMAO!
  • Edit: posted as a reply when I didn't mean to. Ignore this.
  • Ironically, the example given for a location-based reminder ("Remind me to take out the garbage when I'm leaving the house") doesn't work. Location-based reminders can be set for when you get to a place, but not for when you leave a place.