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Google Assistant just got more proactive (or annoying)
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Google Assistant just got more proactive (or annoying)

Google Assistant is always learning new tricks in order to become more helpful and be a more viable solution for users. A new update is planned and is a major upgrade that will significantly improve the user experience. But how?

With the new update from Mountain View, organizing your days will be even easier.  Assistant is getting to know us better and so is now prepared to offer personalized suggestions based on the time, the location, our calendar commitments and our previous interactions with Assistant.

In the center of the screen you'll find the travel information (when to drive to get to work, home or to reach your next appointment) while to view the commitments in the calendar (reminders, bookings, etc.) you need to scroll down.

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To access this information on Android you need to launch Assistant and tap on the icon at the top right of the screen while on iOS, it is available at the launch of the app itself.

The extent to which these new personalized prompts are welcoming will depend on your feelings about notifications in general. Those of us who take a more minimalist, speak-when-you're-spoken-to attitude to Assistant might not want to turn this on. For others, the more personal touch would be appreciated, especially if Assistant is already an important part of managing a busy schedule.

What else is new?

These are, for now, the innovations implemented in the latest update. However, the Google team is working on new features:

  • Overview of notes and notes from Google Keep, Any.do, Bring, Todoist and more
  • A section dedicated to the search for activities in the surrounding area
  • Reminder about where you parked the car
  • Personalized tips for music and podcasts

Have you already received the update on your device? What feature would you like to find on Assistant with the next updates

Source: Google


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  • storm 9 months ago Link to comment

    Depends on your google settings. I've turned off all the tracking that enables this sort of functionality. Nor have I opted in to assistant

    • I use assistant but tend to keep the tracking part off. Just seems to be a little creepy when suggestions come up for things you're near.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 23, 2018 Link to comment

    “Ok Google, request $10 from Amy for our dinner tonight” -- Sincerely, beta male