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Google is Redesigning Assistant on Smartphones

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Unveiled today on stage at I/O 2018, Google announced it will soon give the Google Assistant a redesigned interface on smartphones. The new UI will give users more information to glance at during their day with things like weather, to-dos, calendar appointments, commute times, and notes all being viewable by simply scrolling.

We’re also redesigning the Assistant experience on the screen that’s with us all the time—our phones. The Assistant will give you a quick snapshot of your day, with suggestions based on the time of day, location and recent interactions with the Assistant. To provide a summary of tasks and list items, we’re integrating popular notes and lists services from Google Keep, Any.do, Todoist and many more.

 

Google also says it will soon integrate food pick-up and delivery services from providers such as Starbucks, Doordash, and Applebee’s. This means you’ll be able to ask the Assistant to order, say, your usual lunch or cup of coffee and go pick it up or have it delivered to you.

We’re also bringing a new food pick-up and delivery experience to the Assistant that isn’t constrained by a chat-style interface, so you can order your favorites from Starbucks, Doordash and Applebee’s, in addition to existing partners like Dunkin’ Donuts and Domino’s.

Google says the new UI and food services will roll out to users later this year.

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