Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Phones with Google Assistant Buttons

Phones with Google Assistant Buttons

In a major move, Google has announced Assistant integration for Android Messages.

Google Assistant will also be coming to Google's default texting application, Android Messages. Android Messages will be Google's primary texting app once Allo completely folds, and it's probably the best one there is.

Google is once again finding new places on your phone to put its Assistant. Obviously, this functionality will expand beyond movies, restaurants, and weather at some point after launch, but Google gave no indication of which categories are next on the list.

Google is also adding support for voice typing on KaiOS, the operating system that runs on JioPhone and JioPhone 2 smart feature phones.

Google initially added Assistant to Maps in January though it has been limited to users in the US.

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It is not yet clear how these suggestions will appear in applications other than Messages, or whether Google will only activate the function in conversations in which all participants use its app.

The roll out of RCS support continues, and Google says that it is working to bring it to more people. If you want to learn more details about the content in a particular chip, you can tap on it for more information - here's an animation of how the entire thing works: Image Source: Google Data is sent to the Google Assistant only when you tap the suggestion chips, Google said. If you tap it twice, you'll jump into a new visual snapshot that shows you information based on time of day, location, and recent interactions.

You cool with a Google Assistant button in a future phone or would you rather companies lay-off that kind of hardware implementation and let Assistant live in a software world?

The Assistant can also help look something up during a chat in Messages. Only Assistant messages that you click on are sent to the Google Cloud. Google is also rolling out new language pairs for bilingual support, with Korean, Hindi, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch joining the initial siix languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.

Messages is Google's latest attempt at building a text messaging app that users love.

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