Google Assistant is here for all

Last week, Google announced that Google Assistant would be coming to all Android 6 and 7 devices.  It seems as though Google is making good on their promise and is starting to push the update to the first batches of devices starting today.

Since Google home is based off of the Google assistant, adding this to potentially hundreds of millions of phones will increase the user base dramatically, giving smart home product manufacturers more intensive to keep producing google home compatible devices.

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Allo is getting even better

The Allo app is a great way to communicate with friends. Using Google’s machine learning in the form of Google Assistant, it makes texting more fun by adding relevant GIFs, Stickers, Emojis, and quick responses.  This latest update takes those same features and makes them even more accessible.

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A GIF library at your fingertips

A few months ago, we introduced a smarter way to help you find the perfect emoji or sticker without having to scroll through hundreds of options. Now, we’re making it easier to add GIFs to your conversations too—just tap the smiley icon in the chat bar and swipe left to find the right GIF for your chat.To roll the dice with GIFs, we also recently introduced Lucky. Tap on a Smart Reply with the Lucky icon or type “@lucky” followed by a phrase, and you can share a randomly selected GIF to your friends. So far, lmaowow, and I love you are among the most used phrases with Lucky.

Bring your emojis to life

We’re guessing that you don’t keep a straight face when you hear a great joke. So why should emoji?! Step up your emoji game with new animated emojis in Google Allo. To animate your emoji, touch and hold the send button, and then drag up to see it come to life. This currently works on 10 emoji (try one of these: , , , , or ).

 

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One tap to get help from your Google Assistant

The Google Assistant can help you share lots of information and content right in your chats, like movie showtimes, YouTube videos, or even pics of cats in hats (because why not?). So today we’re adding a shortcut to make it faster and easier to bring the Google Assistant into chats with friends. Just tap the Google Assistant icon in the compose box and your Assistant is ready to help.

These new features in Google Allo will be rolling out on Android starting today, and will come to iOS soon.

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source – Google Blog

Have you gotten Google Assistant yet?

I have heard a couple of reports that the google services update featuring the Google Assistant has been hitting some peoples phones already.  I would have thought that we would have started to see this more towards the end of the week.  I have not received this update on any of my phones or tablets yet (Nexus 5, 6, 6p, 9).  If anyone can verify this send me a message or leave a comment.

The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year.

The Google Assistant will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow with Google Play Services. You’ll also see the Google Assistant on some newly announced partner devices, including the LG G6.

If you happen to be in Barcelona, Spain at the mobile industry’s largest trade show Mobile World Congress this week, stop by the Android Global Village to try out the Google Assistant across a number of Android partner phones, including HTC, Huawei, Samsung and Sony.

Our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it. It came to Android Wear 2.0—via new smartwatches—just a few weeks ago and, as we previewed in January, the Assistant is also coming to TVs and cars. With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant. What will you ask first?

source – Google Blog

Get a free Chromecast, when you purchase a Google Home

The Google store is running a great deal, when you buy a Google Home and a Chromecast.  Just add both items to your cart and Google will discount your total by 35 bucks giving you the Chromecast for free.

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source – Google Store

Google Assistant is coming to your phone

Google is about to update phones with Android 6.0 or higher with google assistant.  As it stands now the update will arrive next week via the google services update in the play store.

“The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year.

The Google Assistant will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow with Google Play Services. You’ll also see the Google Assistant on some newly announced partner devices, including the LG G6.”