Google today introduced a series of new features for its Actions on Google platform for third-party voice apps, including a new browsing carousel to showcase content and greater control over the kind of audio an action can play. The new feature joins Built-in Device Actions, another recent addition to Assistant's development kit, which lets developers specify particular traits on a given device. Additionally, users can now use voice commands to pause or replay media.
These will be two of several oddities available for users perusal at SXSW where Google will have a "Google Assistant Fun House" ready to roll.
On smart speakers, users will be able to control audio playback verbally, while Android devices gain standard media controls in the notification drawer and lock screen. It's a wonder that this, like many other features being added to Assistant, wasn't baked in from the get-go.
Users can speak with Google Assistant devices by saying "OK, Google" followed by several new phrases starting today.
The Assistant was first rolled out in smartphones and Google Home speakers, but now it is present in many devices such as smoke detectors and alarm clocks. Google uses the instance of turning on a connected oven. Some of today's changes include media playback, Assistant-enabled devices, and subscriptions. The subscriptions were one of the original features of Google Assistant when it was launched, however, the update brings more new things in this feature such as daily updates and push notifications. For example, you can tell the Assistant to "set the oven to convection and preheat to 350 degrees." all in one command. Esquire and Forbes are a few websites taking advantage of this new ability.