Google Assistant Now Understands Custom Commands for Third-Party Products


An abundance of user actions can be found in Google's latest updates to "What it can do". The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem. Before, manufacturers were limited to commands built by Google like "turn on", "turn off", and "turn the temperature down" to control different devices.

Users can speak with Google Assistant devices by saying "OK, Google" followed by several new phrases starting today. 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.

To make Assistant more useful and human-machine communication easier, Google has announced that it will now allow other companies to create custom commands when its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant is built into their products. New features like TV show clips, relaxation sounds, news briefings, interactive stories, and more will be available.

Until recently, device makers big and small had to use the same Google Assistant regardless of whether they were making the Assistant work with phones, fridges or lights. Earlier, users would say something like, "Ok Google, turn on the oven", now they will be able to give more detailed commands like, "Ok Google, set the oven to convection and preheat to 350-degrees". Actions are also getting improved media playback abilities. Once the update is official a user will be able to record and send a 30 sec video message if and when the recipient is not picking up the call or declines the call for some odd reason. TV shows like The Daily Show will have segments available for playback and general show information. Notifications, "better media playback", and other brand-name actions will be added within the next few days. For example, you can be notified of a stock price change or news alert as it happens. Esquire and Forbes are some of the websites that have added the new functionality.