Update 1: 2017/02/10 6:34pm PST Holy cow, this version can also enable Google Assistant on non-Pixel phones Update 2: 2017/02/12 7:34am PST Assistant no longer working on non-Pixel phones Article Contents1 Be careful about installing the apk2 Enables Google Assistant on non-Pixels3 What's New3.1 Recent topics and Lite mode3.2 Payments in Google Assistant4 Teardown4.1 Assistant on more phones4.2 Assistant "App"4.3 Download pages for offline search results4.4 Keyboard input for Google Assistant5 Download Some users signed up to the Google app beta channel have been receiving an unusual "alpha" release of v6.13 update. It's not entirely clear if this was meant to find its way into the wild, and judging by many inoperable and buggy issues, I suspect it wasn't. All the same, it's out and contains some pretty interesting things. To begin with, this version enables some features that had previously been seen in testing like a page of recent search topics and lite mode. There … [Read more...] about [Update: May enable Google Assistant on non-Pixels] Google App v6.13 “alpha” appears with support for Payments on Google Assistant, and prepares enhanced Offline Search, Lite Mode, Recent page, and much more [APK Teardown + Download]
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Google got in a habit of dumping all sorts of features and incomplete ideas into Google Now on Tap. With the move away from On Tap, Assistant focused more on voice control and connected services. However, some of the useful features of On Tap were left behind too. In the case of screenshots, it looks like Google is bringing it back in Assistant. This feature appears to be available to everyone (or almost everyone), but it's subtle enough you might have it and not even realize. The screenshot feature is available in the stripped down screen search feature that's part of Assistant (maybe you didn't even know that was a thing). When you open Assistant on any screen other than the home screen, you can scroll down to get cards about screen contents. The screen search part of Assistant is not as in-depth as On Tap was, but at the bottom is a new "Share Screenshot" button. Pressing the share button captures a screenshot and immediately opens the system sharing dialog. Just like the … [Read more...] about Google brings On Tap’s screenshot feature to Assistant on the Pixel
Google Now On Tap was easily the most futuristic feature to be demoed when Android 6.0 was previewed at Google I/O earlier this year. We longed for it, anticipated it, and when it finally arrived... most of us didn't really find a use for it. I'll be honest: I had completely forgotten Now On Tap even existed until Artem suggested this weekend's poll topic, one that I think will yield some interesting results. I haven't ever used Now On Tap in a serious way, only once or twice for demo purposes (as in the photo above), and I'm not even able to think of a single situation where it'd be much more helpful than, say, copying and pasting or just using voice search to perform a query. But the idea behind Now On Tap is undeniably ambitious, almost magically so: giving your smartphone a "universal answer" button, more or less. The philosophy is that Google Now should be able to look at what's on your screen and, when On Tap is activated, predict what you want next. Basically, Google is trying … [Read more...] about [Weekend Poll] Are You Using Google Now On Tap? How Often?
Talking to Google Assistant on an iPhone is hardly new -- Google released its Assistant app in 2017. But the process for getting to Google Assistant didn't involve its typical "OK Google" or "Hey Google" command.Instead, you had to manually open the app or launch it using a widget. It worked, but only if you really liked Google Assistant. Now playing: Watch this: Google Assistant gets new features to supercharge your... 5:39 With the release of iOS 12 and Siri's new Shortcuts feature, third-party apps can integrate with Apple's personal assistant. Meaning Google can now use Siri to trigger Google Assistant.To use the new Siri Shortcut feature in Google Assistant, you'll need to make sure the Google Assistant app is updated in the App Store (or install it for the first time here).Next, open the Google Assistant app, where you should immediately see a prompt to create the shortcut. Tap Add to Siri, then on the next screen tap the red button and say the phrase you … [Read more...] about Use Siri to talk to Google Assistant on your iPhone
source Google The latest version of Google Assistant for iOS lets you summon Google Assistant via Siri. You have to say “Hey Siri, OK Google” to open Google Assistant. Then say “OK Google” again to use your voice with Google Assistant. It’s an imperfect workaround, but it helps break down the barrier that Apple built around its ecosystem – before now, there wasn’t a way to open Google Assistant using your voice on iOS. Up until Wednesday, the only voice assistant you could summon and control with your voice on Apple’s devices was Siri, but that’s now changed with the latest version of Google Assistant for iOS. In the latest update, you can now add Google Assistant’s “OK Google” summoning phrase – or your own custom phrase – to Siri. That means you can summon Siri and ask it to summon Google Assistant using your voice. It goes like this: “Hey Siri, OK Google.” Siri … [Read more...] about There’s finally a way to summon Google Assistant on your iPhone using your voice