October 26

Pixel Tablet readies new designs for Google Assistant and Discover [Gallery]

With recent updates to the Google Search app, Google has been steadily preparing redesigns of Discover and the Assistant for the Pixel Tablet.

September 14

Google Assistant preps letting you make custom Quick Phrases for Nest Hub Max

Just last week, the Nest Hub Max was updated with another way to skip “Hey Google.” This currently only works for certain commands, but Google Assistant will eventually let you make custom Quick Phrases.

August 31

Google Assistant’s new Quick Phrase will ‘silence’ incoming calls on Pixel 6 [APK Insight]

With the Pixel 6 last October, Assistant debuted “Quick phrases” to skip the hotword for two specific actions, and you might soon be able to “silence” incoming calls.

June 1

Google preps Assistant settings redesign that’s shorter and better organized [Gallery]

Nearly two years after the last settings redesign, Google is taking another stab at making it easier to control and manage the ever-growing list of what Assistant can do.

May 27

Google Assistant working on ‘Personalized speech recognition’

In March of 2021, Google started using federated learning on Android to improve “Hey Google” hotword accuracy. An upcoming “Personalized speech recognition” feature now looks to help Google Assistant get “better at recognizing your frequent words and names.”

April 11

Pixel’s At a Glance may soon keep track of your grocery pickups and deliveries

It should soon be possible to use the At a Glance widget on Pixel phones to keep track of your grocery orders, including when pickups are ready and when deliveries are on their way.

August 4, 2018

Google starts testing shorter Assistant panel w/ Now-like swipe up to open Visual snapshot

Google announced a flurry of Assistant news at I/O 2018 with the first part for phones rolling out last month. “Visual snapshot” is already very reminiscent of Google Now and about to get even closer with a swipe up gesture for quicker access beginning to roll out.

August 28, 2018

Google Assistant preps settings redesign that reveals ‘Household,’ ‘Family mode,’ & ‘Downtime’ [Gallery]

Version 8.18 of the Google app this weekend revealed that Assistant is readying support for multilingual voice input. An updated beta is rolling out today with a redesign of the Google Assistant settings page. We have also managed to enable a new bottom bar being tested for the Google app.

May 4, 2018

Google app 8.2 preps setting default Assistant notes app, renamed ‘Upcoming’ tab, more [APK Insight]

The latest beta of the Google app is rolling out this morning following last week’s update that made the Pixel’s “At a glance” widget available on other Android devices. Version 8.2 reveals work on setting a default Notes and List app for Assistant, some renamed sections, and other features.

May 9, 2018

Custom Routines rolling out to Google Assistant w/ scheduling coming soon, replaces Shortcuts

Google unveiled six new voices, Continued Conversation, and Multiple Actions for Assistant at I/O 2018 yesterday. The company also quietly announced that Custom Routines are rolling out, while the Explore tab is also gaining new Editorial Picks for Actions.

March 9, 2018

Google Pixel Buds prep Double Tap for next track & Triple Tap/in-ear detection to sleep [APK Insight]

The latest beta version (7.23) of the Google app is rolling out this afternoon and it reveals a number of upcoming features for Pixel Buds. Namely, users will be able to customize controls like Double Tap, while a new Triple Tap gesture addresses a common complaint of these Google Assistant headphones.

This is Google Assistant’s powerful, upcoming Routines feature [Video]

Last month, Google announced that Routines would finally be rolling out in the coming weeks. First unveiled at last year’s 10/4 event, this new feature allows Assistant to do multiple actions with a single command. In version 7.23 of the Google app, we’ve been able to activate the functionality in its entirety.

March 13, 2018

Google Assistant tests removal of ‘Your stuff’ tab on iOS, likely coming to Android

In our APK Insight of the Google app beta on Friday, we spotted Assistant adding new menus for “Purchases” and “Reminders.” Those additions now appear to be a part of an upcoming redesign that removes Assistant’s “Your Stuff” tab.

May 19, 2018

Google app 8.4 preps visual Assistant redesign from I/O, Agenda, Google Sans, more [Gallery]

At I/O 2018, Google previewed a number of upcoming features for several major products and services. Assistant is slated to get a more visual experience, with version 8.4 of the Google app today providing a first glimpse at that revamped interface. Meanwhile, work continues on Feed reactions, Read Later, and more.

May 23, 2018

Real-time Google Lens with redesigned UI begins rolling out [Gallery]

At I/O 2018, Google detailed a big update to Google Lens a year after first announcing it. In addition to a new design and expanded availability in camera apps, Lens is slated to get real time lookup and smart text selection. This revamp is now slowly beginning to launch.

May 26, 2018

Google app 8.5 details ‘Continued Conversation’ for Home, Podcast UI tweaks, Read later shortcut [APK Insight]

The latest Google app beta continues work on adding features announced at I/O 2018. Version 8.5 details Google Home’s upcoming Continued Conversation feature and Assistant payments. Meanwhile, there is also progress towards new functionality like Read later and Collections.

May 1, 2018

Google Assistant rolling out ‘Stocks’ to its list of services

Google Assistant continues to add new first-party capabilities and update existing functionality, like remembering podcast playback across devices. Its latest feature is slightly more minor and sees the addition of a “Stocks” section to Settings.

January 7, 2019

JBL Link Drive is a $60 always-on Google Assistant mic that integrates with any car, iOS, and Android

JBL this morning announced a slew of Assistant products like new Bluetooth headphones and the Android TV-powered Link Bar. The brand’s latest device is the JBL Link Drive that essentially brings a Google Assistant microphone into any car via the cigarette lighter.

October 26, 2018

Google might be planning to remove & replace Android voice unlock on all devices

For several years now, the Google app allowed users to unlock a device with your voice when interacting with Google Assistant. After removing on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, “Unlock with Voice Match” appears to be nearing deprecation and replacement on all other Android devices given that it’s not too secure.

February 28, 2019

Google begins replacing full ‘Voice Match’ phone unlock w/ Assistant-only lock screen access

With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google removed the ability for Voice Match to act as a password and fully unlock your phone. Google announced at CES 2019 that this new behavior would be coming to all Android devices, with the change beginning to roll out.

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