Google rolls out new Assistant features to Wear OS

Carlton Robbins
May 4, 2018

The smart speaker burst onto the scene in November of 2014, when Amazon introduced its Alexa voice-activated assistant technology, which lived on its new Echo smart speaker device.

All the Google Home integrations are wrapped up in the existing Explore page, so if you have smart stuff in your house and you'd prefer to control it with your voice rather than your smartphone, it's worth checking what's compatible.

In 2018, 40.7 million people of any age in the USA will use an Amazon Echo at least once a month, equating to two-thirds of smart speaker users. Google is also expanding the full suite of Assistant Actions to Wear OS. You know how you ask your phone or Google Home to tell you about your day?

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Currently, Assistant on Wear OS only displays information on the screen. The updates should make interactions with Google's intelligent assistant more streamlined for the device users. Even companies like Logitech and Dish are implementing the Google Assistant into their products.

Google has kicked off a new investment program to back early-stage startups building capabilities and devices using the tech giant's digital assistant, and a Seattle company is among the first batch of investments. Today, Google has announced some improved stats for smart home device compatibility with Assistant as well as better integration for some devices. Google is expecting to add more Actions from developers and partners in coming months. A customer can now get assistance in account opening, investment ideas in equity and MF's through "Arya" - a first of its kind virtual assistant to offer services through voice IoT devices in the broking space.

Much like Google Home, Alexa Routines can also be triggered by any arbitrary key phrase, beginning with the keyword "Alexa" in this case, although you can't configure more than one key phrase for the same routine.

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