Posted by Brad Abrams, Product Manager
With the Google Assistant and Actions on Google, we’re excited for 2018 and look forward to continuing the developer momentum you’ve helped us build. To start the year off right, we’re at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showcasing the Assistant at home, on the go and in the car—and all the ways it can help in each of those places. You can learn more here. For developers like you, we’re building upon those same areas to extend the ways you can reach users in those places, too.
Helping users get more done, together
Today we’re introducing a new web directory and an updated directoryexperience with the Assistant on phones. These directories give users even more visibility into everything your app can help them do. They also make it even easier for users to share links to your apps. And together with your help, we’re adding Actions all the time including those that are coming soon from SpotHero and Starbucks.
Even better, when you publish your first app, you’ll become eligible for our developer community program, that supports you with up to $200 in monthly Google Cloud credit and an Assistant t-shirt – with the perks and opportunities growing the more you do, including earning a Google Home.
At home, on the go and in the car
With the Assistant, your apps are available across many devices and this year, we’re making them even more available with new integrations at home, on the go and in the car.
For the home, we announced that smart displays with the Assistant built in are coming later this year. Smart displays come with the added benefit of a touch screen, they can help provide a visual experience for users.
Beyond smart displays, we also have the Assistant coming to new speakers and TVs with the Assistant built in, as well as new headphones that are optimized for the Assistant.
The best part is that compatible apps will be available to users on all these devices without additional work. With that said, to ensure the best user experience, here are a few tips:
- Smart displays — use high resolution imagery as users will be interacting with larger images than those sized for phones.
- Android Auto — since this experience is in a car and only voice-only apps will be available, keep voice interaction and sounds simple and not too jarring or distracting.
More control of your home with smart home control
In addition to the enhanced home experience with built in devices, we’re also updating our home control experience, making it easier than ever to build for smart homes. The Google Assistant already works with more than 1,500 smart devices from 200+ brands, but this is still just the start for the number of devices we anticipate will be built for the smart home.
We first launched the smart home Actionsat I/O this year and we started with support for things like lights, plugs and thermostats. Now, we’re excited to announce we’ve added direct support for a number of new device types, including: cameras, dishwashers, dryers, vacuumsand washers. This means that users can control all kinds of appliances in their home just by asking the Google Assistant. And in order to support these new integrations, we’re also expanding the supported device traitsto include: camerastream, dock, modes, runcycle, scene, start/stopand toggles. With all these new devices, it is a good thing we have made it even easier to build smart home Actions with a streamlined development flow and insightful analytics to help you improve your smart home Action. Ready to begin? Start here!
And that’s our news for now. Thanks for everything you do to make the Assistant more helpful, fun and interactive! It’s been an exciting year to see the platform expand to new languages and devices and to see what you’ve all created. We can’t wait to see what you build and the new ways users are able to get things done as a result. Here’s to a great year!