Google Assistant on Android is receiving an update which allows it to open and search within Android apps using voice commands.
This is a significant change to how Google Assistant can be used going forward.
Previously, Google Assistant could only interact with other Google apps, as well as the Android operating system itself.
Assistant could be used to open third-party apps, but that was the extent of its capabilities.
Now, Google Assistant can be used to search within any app installed on an Android phone.
“Opening and searching within Android apps using “Hey Google” is now available to all Assistant-enabled Android phones.
This makes everyday tasks within an app much easier thanks to voice. For example, you can now say, “Hey Google, search cozy blankets on Etsy” and get right to what you’re looking for.”
In addition to opening apps and searching within them, Google Assistant can trigger third-party apps to perform various tasks.
Assistant can …