Earlier this week, Google released its ‘feature drop’ for its Pixel smartphones, and teased at the time its new Google Assistant would soon be rolling out for Canadians.
As of today, the new Google Assistant is now rolling out for Pixel 4 devices in Canada in English, confirmed the company in an email to iPhone in Canada.
The new Google Assistant is faster and can open apps, search your phone, share what’s on your device screen and more. When you ask Google Assistant queries, context is now taken into consideration. Here’s an example of how it will work according to Google:
For example, you can ask the Assistant to “show my photos from Vancouver” and then say “the ones in Stanley Park.” Then, you can share a picture by saying “send it to Mom.” We’ll continue improving the technology that powers the new Assistant over time.
According to Google, more requests will take place on your device thanks to “breakthroughs” in speech processing, resulting in faster results.
You can ask Google Assistant to open apps by saying for example, “Hey Google open Google Photos”. Then you can search within the app by saying, “Show me the ones on the beach” and it will understand the context.
Other examples of what you can ask:
- “Hey Google, show me Lady Gaga on Instagram”
- “Show me Beyonce”
- “Now show me Jay Z”
- “Hey Google, what’s the weather like tomorrow?”
- “What’s it like on the next day?”
- “Hey Google open YouTube”
- “Show me yoga classes”
- “Show me how to bake banana bread”
You can also share photos, URLs and screenshots with new in-app contextual commands. For example, if looking at photos of your friends you can say something like, “Hey Google, send this to John”. The same command works when browsing a web page in Chrome.
The new Google Assistant in English is rolling out today for Pixel 4 devices. No word on support for French but we’ll keep you updated.
Yesterday, Google Assistant’s new Interpreter Mode, which brings real-time translation for conversations, made its way to iOS and Android users.