19 Facts About Google Assistant


Google Assistant is a virtual assistant software application developed by Google that is primarily available on mobile and home automation devices.

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Google Assistant debuted in May 2016 as part of Google's messaging app Allo, and its voice-activated speaker Google Home.

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Alongside the announcement of a software development kit in April 2017, Google Assistant has been further extended to support a large variety of devices, including cars and third-party smart home appliances.

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Google has announced that Assistant will be able to identify objects and gather visual information through the device's camera, and support purchasing products and sending money.

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At CES 2018, the first Google Assistant-powered smart displays were announced, with the first one being released in July 2018.

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In 2020, Google Assistant is already available on more than 1 billion devices.

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Google Assistant is available in more than 90 countries and in over 30 languages, and is used by more than 500 million users monthly.

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Later that month, Google Assistant assigned Google Assistant Doodle leader Ryan Germick and hired former Pixar animator Emma Coats to develop "a little more of a personality".

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System-level integration outside of the Allo app and Google Home, the Google Assistant was initially exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

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In February 2017, Google announced that it had begun to enable access to the Assistant on Android smartphones running Android Marshmallow or Nougat, beginning in select English-speaking markets.

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In December 2017, Google announced that the Assistant would be released for phones running Android Lollipop through an update to Google Play Services, as well as tablets running 6.

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Google Assistant unveiled its own smart display, Google Assistant Home Hub in October 2018, and later Nest Hub Max, which utilizes a different system platform.

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Google Assistant launched using the voice of Kiki Baessell for the American female voice, the same actress for the Google Voice voicemail system since 2010.

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Google Assistant can maintain a shopping list; this was previously done within the notetaking service Google Keep, but the feature was moved to Google Express and the Google Home app in April 2017, resulting in a severe loss of functionality.

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In May 2017, Google announced that the Assistant would support a keyboard for typed input and visual responses, support identifying objects and gather visual information through the device's camera, and support purchasing products and sending money.

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The Google Assistant warns against deleting due to its use of previous inputs to generate better answers in the future.

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Google Assistant allows users to activate and modify vocal shortcut commands in order to perform actions on their device or configuring it as a hub for home automation.

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Interpreter mode allows Google Assistant to translate conversations in real time and was previously only available on Google Home smart speakers and displays.

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In May 2018, Google revealed Duplex, an extension of the Google Assistant that allows it to carry out natural conversations by mimicking human voice, in a manner not dissimilar to robocalling.

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