Google's New Google Assistant Directory Tells You Everything It Can Do

Google's New Google Assistant Directory Tells You Everything It Can Do

Before today, some of the only headphones optimized for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Pixel Buds, Google's first-ever wireless headphones. Google representatives also made a lot of cameos at various manufacturers' keynote events at the currently-ongoing CES 2018 show.

Research from Adobe Digital Insights estimates the sale of voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home and other devices rose 103% year-over-year between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2017.

Google Assistant with these headphones can also read and let you reply to incoming text messages or incoming messages received through chat apps like Facebook Messenger and SMS. Now that things have been upgraded to the full Google Assistant experience, you'll have a wider range of functions and tools available behind the wheel.

Android Auto is available in more than 400 vehicle models from more than 40 brands, including Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen and Volvo.

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To see if Assistant supports a particular product you had to have a device with Assistant enabled, browse to the slightly hidden Explore section which is accessible from the blue envelope icon on the top right of the Assistant screen, and just then you could either search for a specific keyword or use the trending and new sections to discover its new functionalities. It can provide quick directions from Google Maps or Waze, and can send or receive messages from services like WhatsApp. And soon, you'll be able to reserve a parking space with SpotHero or order your favorite handcrafted drink or food from Starbucks-all from the road. And we're working with auto makers to integrate the Assistant directly into their cars - no phone required.

Google also tipped Assistant on more headphones, including ones from Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony. So finding photos with Google Photos would be one Action while meditating with Headspace would be another.

Google's also updated the directory on phones. And we bet you'll find a few gems you never knew the Assistant could do. We're always adding more Actions.

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