Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

Google Assistant gets new look, additional features on mobile devices

Back in January at CES 2018, LG announced that ThinQ-branded televisions in the United States would soon get Google Assistant integration, making an already-smart TV even smarter.

A new Google Assistant redesign is rolling out now to smartphones. Google also confirmed that it is now allowing developers to use Google Assistant to handle payments. These new monetization options will be available both through devices like the Google Home smart speaker, as well as Google Assistant-powered smart displays and phones.

Google on Wednesday unveiled the new UI as part of a new new blog post, focusing on making the software a bit easier to use and digest information at a glance.

At first, the Google Assistant was designed primarily as a voice-based helper.

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As the images show, users get access to a clean interface with prominent visual elements, such as videos, weather info, info cards for places, direct access to apps and sharing options, and more. With the latest makeover, Google wants Assistant to be easier to control "whether you prefer to use your hands, your voice, or a combination of the two".

Assistant also has an "interactive messaging interface", which will apparently allow you to "add a comma, change a word", or make other "quick edits" using your finger.

The overview of your day is also getting easier to access.

Google Assistant is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes. Starbucks has thumbnails of its menu, Food Network has larger images in recipes, and FitStar shows workouts with GIFs. Additionally, with Google Sign-In users can use their voice to login and link accounts on smart speakers with the Assistant. Once you're in the Assistant (Long press that home button) and swipe up on your screen to see a list of what's happening in your day and recent interactions with the Assistant.

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