Google Assistant May Get Some Android App Interactions Soon

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Google is seemingly well on its way to adding some new features to Assistant, specifically Android app interactions.

As spotted by 9To5Google, it looks like Google wants users to have more control over their Android apps via voice. Google Assistant can not yet control these Android app interactions but Google has laid out a list of possible commands that users could make.

This is to give people an idea of the sorts of things Google is looking at implementing. Even without Google giving examples, one could simply imagine the possibilities for a minute or two and come up with a few on their own.


Google Assistant Android app interactions will be very specific

You might not think about how specific you are when you interact with the apps on your phone. But you're probably more specific in your intent when using your apps than you might think.

We're just so used to interacting with our phones on a daily basis that it just comes natural. And perhaps we think nothing of it. Google wants to make Assistant capable of being this specific when you tell it to do something with an app.

It can already launch apps if you tell it to. And to some degree it can do slightly specific things. Like if you tell Assistant to send a message in Discord, it will recognize this. But all it does is open Discord and bring up the search bar where you can then type in who you want to send a message to.


With Google's new changes though, you could tell Assistant to message a certain user in Discord specifically and it will go that message thread. Then likely ask you what you want to say. This is just one of Google's examples too.

Others include telling Assistant to order a smoothie on Postmates, and find a motivation mix on Spotify. Keep in mind these are just examples. And not necessarily reflective of exact commands that you could make once this goes live.

Custom voice prompts are coming too

In addition to these new interactions, Google is setting out to add custom prompts. Letting users choose what to say to activate commands is something users will no doubt love.


But it's not just about having a cool custom prompt that you may enjoy. It also allows users to personalize their commands to something that only they know. Presumably, you'd be able to set up a custom prompt for the command for any app that's compatible with these new interaction features.