Google Assistant is currently being rolled out to all Android devices running Marshmallow 6.0 and up. I received Google Assistant this morning, but Google doesn’t provide users with any heads-up until you try to access Google Now or Now On Tap by pressing and holding the home button, or by saying, “Okay Google”. Only then, you’ll receive a small greeting.
So what is Google Assistant vs. Google Now and Now On Tap? Google released the following video to help clarify that.
To learn more about this and all of its features, I encourage you to read an article written by Derek Walter over at Greenbot.
I’m excited about Assistant
Personally, as an owner of home automation devices – Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo lighting – I was very excited to receive Google Assistant. I was not able to control my lighting via voice commands until now. Google Now did not support this, but Assistant does, and it is wonderful. Sure, there were some apps out there which would attempt to let me voice command my lighting, but they were often limited and tedious to setup. Setting up my lights with Assistant only took a couple of minutes.
In fact, having Assistant connect to my WeMo devices was literally as simple as turning on one of my WeMo lights. That was it!
What I also enjoyed right away was the My Day option. After saying, “Okay Google, tell me about my day” I was verbally told the weather, my 3 reminders, my calendar events, and that today is International Women’s Day. Then it continued on to read news from some feeds I’d setup prior. Slick!