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Google Assistant Gets Proactive

19 July 2018

The new features are available on Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant, accessible by tapping on the new icon in the top right corner of the screen after you've activated your Google Assistant.

Google says the app will provide "curated, helpful information" depending on what time of day it is, where you are and your recent interactions with Google Assistant.

That little icon in Google Assistant may not look like much, but it heralds a return to form for Google.

You can even receive proactive notifications on your phone to remind you of important upcoming events via the Google Assistant.

Google Assistant’s new visual snapshot will give you a rundown of your entire day
Google Assistant Gets Proactive

Google Assistant has become one of the leading digital assistants out there, but there's always room for improvement. As you scroll down, you'll see your agenda, reminders, restaurant or movie reservations, favorite stocks, upcoming bills, packages in transit and suggestions for new Actions to try. It shows you upcoming details like your commute, schedule, flights, recent shipments to keep an eye out for, bills, and a bunch information aimed at making your life easier.

These "snapshots" of your day will also be integrated with notes and lists you jot down on Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, Todoist and other third-party apps. Here's a complete list of actions for Assistant.

The feature will expand over time, Google said. That went on for a while - inside the most powerful part of Android, Google Now, all the personal information went, for all Android users. There will also be reminders of where you parked and music and podcasts that you might like. To attain said features, update your Google Assistant - by updating all apps in Google Play or by heading into your iOS App Store to update any Google Apps.

You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too.

Google Assistant Gets Proactive