New Website for Google Assistant Shows Off All Available Actions and Services


While Amazon has maintained an early lead in the battle to put a smart virtual assistant in every home, capturing 70% of the market, Google isn't going down without a fight. But one problem with voice assistants is that it's very hard to discover what actions you can actually perform.

While heavily reliant on voice input, Android Auto has been reliant on an older voice input model - but that's about to end.

Google says that you can now perform more than a million actions with the Google Assistant.

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We're still yet to find out exactly what you'll be able to do with Google Assistant on the speakers - just how baked into the experience it will be - but those with an eye on original design flair and audiophile performance should keep 'em peeled to find out. Google Assistant announced third-party actions nearly a year back and there are lots of things you are missing. The company's GVA line will feature three speakers ranging in price from $140-$200, and all of them will allow for direct use of Google Assistant. "Much of that growth is being fueled by the proliferation of smart home devices from brands like iHome that offer products that support popular smart home platforms like Google Assistant", said Gary Schultz, Director of Product and Business Development at iHome. These new devices have the Google Assistant built in, and with the added benefit of a touchscreen, they can help you get even more done. We could do that, I think we'll see how it goes and whether that makes sense. "It's just a question of whether its feasible to Chromecast users", he said. A number of speaker manufacturers including B&O, Altec Lansing and LG are building smart speakers with Assistant, while the usual suspects plus Logitech subsidiary (and one of our favourites) Jaybird will hopefully improve on the dire Google Pixel Buds.

Google's also updated the directory on phones.

The Alexa Onboard technology integrated into Panasonic Skip Gen technology will bring voice functionality for in-car users, and for the first time, offer certain select Alexa capabilities without an Internet connection. Tell Alexa "I need a ride", and you may receive a Lyft recommendation. Customers can also use voice commands to turn the mirror's embedded lights on and off, and tap into the rest of Alexa's skills, like asking for a weather report.