Google Assistant is present almost everywhere today, from your Android smartphone to your Android TV, and it is now set to debut on cars. Google has announced that it is integrating its voice assistant to the Android Auto platform. While the Android Auto currently supports ‘OK, Google’ voice command under Google Voice Search, the arrival of Google Assistant on Android Auto will bring additional Actions, only available for Google Assistant.
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, Google said that the Assistant will be able to perform actions such as identifying and reserving the best parking spot for your car, saving your music preference when you play music inside the car with your Spotify or Play Music account. Google is also focussing on bringing an ease to how you will assign Actions with Android Auto.
Google, at the CES, was on the frontier to demo how Assistant will work on Android Auto to make navigation more convenient for the users. In its demo, Google showed off the capabilities of Assistant where it could even order your favourite beverage from Starbucks while you’re few kilometres away from it. With the arrival of Google Assistant on Android Auto, the bubbles in four standard Google colours will pop up on the screen when there is some relevant information available with respect to your navigation.
The Mountain View-based tech giant is present at the CES being held in Las Vegas to show off what’s new up its sleeves. Google also unveiled a new smart display platform featuring Google Assistant to take on the likes of Amazon Echo devices. Called the Google Smart Display, it is essentially a display-based speaker that is powered by Google Assistant, taking the design cues from Amazon Echo. However, Google’s Smart Display will be manufactured by third-party partners. Lenovo is one of the first partners that will provide its hardware to Google Assistant for Google Smart Displays. Other partners include JBL, LG, and Sony that will be building the same devices in the future.