Google Assistant gets slew of new features, better 3rd party integration

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As per some reports from the Beebom Google is all set to launch a bunch of new features to its Google Assistant which will offer an overall better user experience. You'll be able to subscribe to notifications from Actions. The features are rolling out now, and others will be live shortly. Third-party developers create conversation-based actions on the Assistant, which means new Actions on Google will result in new Assistant features for users as well. For example, you can be notified of a stock price change or news alert as it happens.

Improved media playback: A user will now be able to access and control additional playback content like a clip from a TV show etc.

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For example, Todoist, the project management app, comes with support for Actions, in regards to hyper-specific commands to the app like "Mark the first task under Project 'make your graduation film' as done'". 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. Starting today, thanks to a new feature for Actions called Custom Device Actions, device makers can extend the Assistant and add "native" functionality specific to their device.

Actions on Google is essentially meant for developers to build integrations for Google's voice assistant. On your phone, audio from Actions will produce a media notification you can use to manage playback as well. However, for this to work developers need to implement this and push out an update for Google review.

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Today Google Assistant Custom Device Actions were announced by the company as just the latest in a line of expansions to its voice assistant ecosystem. Now, Google's letting anyone with custom hardware build different commands that will make it easier to use their devices.

Google is also adding in updated payment options for developers to tie into, with Assistant able to recognise that you have a paid for subscription in say Google Play and tie that to a command given in Assistant. I'm not quite thrilled at the prospect of speaking to my appliances, but that's the future, and that's how it's going to be.

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