Google Assistant will now create a ‘visual snapshot’ of your day

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Google Assistant wants to help you get your day started. 

The search giant said Tuesday it’s launching a new ‘visual snapshot’ feature in the Google Assistant app that will give users a rundown of all their important meetings, restaurant or movie suggestions, commute times, upcoming bills and more. 

It’s now available on the app for both Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant app. 

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Google said it's launching a new 'visual snapshot' feature in the Assistant app that will give users a rundown of  meetings, movie suggestions, commute times, upcoming bills and more

Google said it’s launching a new ‘visual snapshot’ feature in the Assistant app that will give users a rundown of meetings, movie suggestions, commute times, upcoming bills and more

Google says the app will provide ‘curated, helpful information’ depending on what time of day it is, where you are and your recent interactions with Google Assistant.

Users are encouraged to check back throughout the day for updates.  

‘We’ll continue to add more useful features to your snapshot over time,’ Google Assistant product manager Deniz Binay wrote in a blog post.

‘For example, an overview of your notes and lists from Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, Todoist and others; a new discovery section to help you find activities nearby; reminders on where you parked; personalized recommendations for music and podcasts; and much more.’ 

To access the new feature, users can tap on a new inbox-like icon in the top right corner of the Google Assistant app. 

To access the new feature, users can tap on a new inbox-like icon in the top right corner of the Google Assistant app. That will open a new window showing a personalized ‘visual snapshot’

That will open a new window, where they can start scrolling through their personalized ‘visual snapshot.’

Making things even easier, Google Assistant will also send push notifications to remind users of important events on their calendar. 

‘You can get notifications for upcoming bills, packages, even an alert that your flight has been delayed—your Google Assistant will keep track so you don’t have to,’ Binay added. 

It marks the latest effort by Google to make its Assistant technology even more useful in users’ everyday lives. 

Google says the app will provide 'curated, helpful information' depending on what time of day it is, where you are and your recent interactions with Google Assistant.

Google says the app will provide 'curated, helpful information' depending on what time of day it is, where you are and your recent interactions with Google Assistant.

Users are encouraged to check back throughout the day for updates.

Users are encouraged to check back throughout the day for updates.

Google says the app will provide ‘curated, helpful information’ depending on what time of day it is, where you are and your recent interactions with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, the firm launched a continuous conversations feature that allows users to keep chatting with the digital assistant without having to use the wake words ‘Hey Google’ every time. 

For example, if you ask Google Assistant what the weather is, you don’t have to use the wake word if you want to know if it will rain after she replies.

Multiple Actions enables Google Assistant to answer several commands at once.

Essentially, the AI is capable of recognizing and answering multiple requests that are nested into one question.  

BATTLE OF THE HOME AI

 Google’s $130 (£105) Home speaker is triggered by the phrase ‘Hey Google’ while Amazon’s Echo uses ‘Alexa’.

Amazon’s smart speaker is available in two versions – the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company’s own Google Search.

Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword — ‘OK, Google’ for Home and ‘Alexa’ for Echo.

Google’s Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet cannot.

However, Amazon’s Alexa software has a wider range of skills on offer that enable it to link up with and control more third-party devices around the home.

A light comes on to remind you that it’s listening.

You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too. 





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