Artificial Intelligence is on fire this days. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, this generation is from “mobile-first to AI-first”. To meet with this generation, Google will be using their AI based assistant, which they call Google Assistant. It is available on all Android and iOS devices and even on the smart speakers and TVs. It is just like a personal Assistant of yours, which can help you in variety of tasks in no time.
This is a complete guide where you will come to know, how you can use it to make your life really easy. Without wasting anymore time, let us start with the Google Assistant by saying “OK Google.”
What actually is Google Assistant?
It is a smart voice-activated virtual assistant available for you all the time. It was first showcased in the Google I/O 2016. It is almost similar to Siri, Alexa, or Cortana but it is available on a lots of devices which makes it useful and easily available. Other than controlling it by your voice you can also type your requests or commands.
Google Assistant uses AI to perform the function we say it to perform. It processes the natural voice and uses machine learning to understand and get things done. Google Assistant is the foundation project of Google’s “AI-first” which was discussed at Made by Google event in 2016 by Sundar Pichai.
Goal for the Google Assistant is to “build personal google for each and every one” as said by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. It will also work as the connecting bridge between all the Google’s core software and hardware.
How to Activate Google Assistant?
Activating Google Assistant is just a piece of cake. You just need to say “Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google” to start your conversation with the Google Assistant. While you are on your Android device, you can long press your home button to activate Google Assistant.
When you want to activate the Google assistant on your smart devices such as speakers, TVs, the same keywords will work and by default they are turned ON, so that you don’t need to struggle when you start.
Not just answering the questions is the only work of Google Assistant, you can do much more. Look at the settings, and you will find options to set up the music and video accounts as well. You can do a lot by Google Assistant which will see further in this article.
Is Google Assistant available on your device?
Google Assistant is on a wide range of smartphones and tablets which full fills some basic requirements. To have Google Assistant working, you need to have a smartphone or tablet running Android Marshmallow or newer version. You will need version 6.13 or newer of Google app running on your device which have Google Play Services installed on it. Your phone should have 1.4GB memory and a 720p display. If you meet this requirement you will be able to use the Google Assistant without any problems.
An optimized version of Google Assistant is present in Android GO device such as Alcatel 1X and Nokia 1. It is also available on Kai OS-powered Jio Phone.
What Can Google Assistant do for you?
Now let’s have a close look at what the Google Assistant is capable of doing for you.
- Unlock your Smartphone
We are many times in a hurry and get irritated as we have to unlock smartphones everytime because it asks for PINs or Patterns. To ease your work, Google Assistant can unlock your smartphone by your voice command “OK Google”. It is not that accurate but works most of the time. It is a feature which may come in handy in your day to day life.
- Opening Apps
Many time searching for the apps becomes really difficult. And to help you out, Google Assistant is here. Just by commanding it with “Ok Google, Open <app name>” it will open the desired app. isn’t is easy!!
- Image Search
Many time it happens that we see something but don’t know what it is. Here Google Assistant can do image search for you. Just click a picture and say Google to search it for you, and you get all the information you want.
- Get Suggestions
Many times we are confused where to go for lunch or drinks. So just by saying “show restaurant near me” GA will provide you with a list of restaurants with their reviews. This feature helps me many times to decide and find restaurants. What about you? Mention in the comments below.
- Vacation Spots
Looking to hangout or go on a vacation this weekend? Ask GA for where should you go, and you will get a list of spots where you can travel. You can customize your search by specific month to get better places.
- Never miss your Favourite Show
Many time it happens that due to our busy life we forget about our favourite shows and movies. But this will no longer happen. All thanks to Google Assistant which can now cue shows and movies for you, and also set reminder for the same.
- Do you read news daily?
Well if yes, then great!!. But if No, Google Assistant can read news for you daily, anytime you need. Just say “read today’s news for me” and there you go with the news.
- Score Cards
Are you a sports person who loves any kind of sports? Then you can ask it for the matches you missed, for the timings of next matches, and all other stuff related to sports, and you will always be updated.
- Weather Forecast
Weather Forecast is important sometime and to get updated with weather of your area, it can show you the forecast by saying “today’s weather forecast”.
- Daily updates
Many of us read news daily and see the weather forecast. Now going with daily conversation with Google Assistant for the news and weather forecast, what if Assistant will daily report you with the news and weather forecast. Will not it be great? Well you can do that by Google Allo, Google’s Messaging app which is based on Google Assistant. Open Google Allo, Go to subscriptions, and then daily news and weather forecast, enable them and you are done.
- Movie tickets
We many time on weekends go for movies and find a long queue for the tickets, but now you can ask Google Assistant for the now showing movies, get all the details of movies and even book one ticket for yourself using Fandango.
- Playing Music
Music is a very nice relaxation for many of us. You just need to say “play music” and guess what the music has started. No worries of finding the apps, and clicking the play button.
- Looking at mails
Many time it happens that we forget to check our emails. The best part of Google Assistant is that it can fetch data from other Google Apps, and so now you can just ask for “fetch me all the unread mails” and Assistant will show you the complete list of mails which are yet unread.
Many things are being forgotten in this busy life, and to be reminded of those things, Google Assistant is at our rescue, just set a reminder using it, and Assistant will remind you of those things.
- Looking at your memory
As already said, remembering each and every small thing is not possible for us. So you can ask Google Assistant to remember for you like “remember I have kept car keys on desk”. And when you are looking for it, ask google assistant “what did I ask you to remember?” You will get your car keys in no time.
- Sending messages
Sending Text message is very easy, say “Ok Google” followed with “Send text to <name> saying <text>” Your text will be send without your typing it.
- Get Motivation
There are times in life when things are not good, and we get demotivated but no more worries, just ask Google Assistant to say some motivational quotes and you will be back to your peak.
- Personal Encyclopaedia
With Google Assistant, you can think that you are carrying whole world in your pocket. Just say what you want to learn and you will get it. For example you want to know No. 1 song of an Artist, ask “what is number one song of <artist name>” you will get the data required.
Google Assistant can translate text from one language to other according to your need. You can just ask “How do you say “Lunch” in Spanish” and you will get your answer. It is capable of translating in around 188 languages.
There is still a long list of what Google Assistant can do. Mentioning all is not possible. Just use it and you will get to know all the things. Mention your favourite task that google assistant can do.
Hope you know a lot about Google Assistant after this article and you will be very excited about using it soon.