Google announced that its smart assistant is going to be integrated into Android Messages “over the coming months” and here’s how it works.
The Google Assistant button might appear when you’re using the Messages app to text someone, perhaps in the smart replies section. If you tap on the button, you can ask it a question, and the answer will be populated in the text field. The feature, for now, is limited to the English language.
Google also clarified it’s not reading your texts while doing so. It said that the only information that’s sent to the company’s servers is the question you ask Google Assistant within the app. The company calls it “suggestion chips” and they are generated using local analysis of what you are typing.
For instance, if someone asks you to go to a restaurant with them, Google will show a pizza emoji and a ‘yes’, along with a button that searches for the restaurant. Tapping on the suggestion and the Assistant box will show a card with the information about the restaurant and options and one can send the results back to the person they are chatting with. It’s not clear how the Assistant Card will look to the user receiving it. The feature comes after Google formally shut down its messaging app Allo that came with Google Assistant integration. The app is slated to shut down in March and after that, Google’s Android Messages will be the company’s primary texting app for consumers. The Messages app supports SMS, MMS and RCS.
Google also announced that voice typing will be available via Google Assistant on devices running on KaiOS, which is an operating system made for smart feature phones. Google claimed there was a 7x increase in the use of Google Assistant among feature phone users in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil in 2018.
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