|Operating system||Android and iOS|
|Available in||English, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, French, Canadian French|
|Type||Intelligent personal assistant|
Assistant initially debuted as part of Google's messaging app Allo, and its voice-activated speaker Google Home. After a period of exclusivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, it began to be deployed on Android platforms in February 2017, including third-party smartphones and Android Wear. In April 2017, a software development kit was released, allowing third-party developers to build their own hardware featuring the Google Assistant.
Google Assistant was unveiled during Google's developer conference on May 18, 2016, as part of the unveiling of the Google Home smart speaker and new messaging app Allo; Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained that Assistant was designed to be a conversational and two-way experience, and "an ambient experience that extends across devices". Later that month, Google assigned Google Doodle leader Ryan Germick and hired former Pixar animator Emma Coats to develop "a little more of a personality."
For system-level integration outside of the Allo app and Google Home, Google Assistant was initially exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. In February 2017, Google announced that it had begun to enable access to Assistant on Android smartphones running Android Marshmallow or Nougat, beginning in selected English-speaking markets. Android tablets will not be receiving the Assistant as part of this rollout. The Assistant is integrated in Android Wear 2.0, and will be included in future versions of Android TV and Android Auto.
In December 2016, Google launched Actions on Google, a developer platform for the Google Assistant. Actions on Google further enhances the Assistant user experience by enabling developers to bring their services to the Assistant. In March 2017, Google added new tools for developing on Actions on Google to support the creation of games for Google Assistant. In April 2017, a software development kit (SDK) was released, allowing third-party developers to build their own hardware that can run the Google Assistant.
In May 2017, Google and the creators of Raspberry Pi teamed up to deliver voice control to its series of small computers. A new hardware component called the Voice HAT (Hardware Accessory on Top) lets Raspberry Pi owners add stereo microphones to the devices, that feature the Google Assistant. After initial set-up, developers can use their Raspberry Pi devices for voice commands. Later in the month, Google announced a partnership with car manufacturers Audi and Volvo to ship car systems running the Android operating system. The new system will also embed the Google Assistant for searching on the go, asking for directions, and making phone calls. Patrick Brady, a vice president of engineering for Android, said the system will make its way to Audi and Volvo's entire fleets, along with other manufacturers. Google also announced that the Google Assistant would be coming to the iOS operating system as a separate app.
Google Assistant, in the nature and manner of Google Now, can pull information, check weather, etc. Unlike its brethren, however, it can engage in a two-way conversation, using Google's natural language processing algorithm. Search results are presented in card format that users can tap to open the page.
Google Assistant can maintain a shopping list; this was previously done within the notetaking service Google Keep, but this feature was moved to Google Express and the Google Home app in April 2017, resulting in a severe loss of functionality enabled by its hosting through Google Keep.
Google assistant also features mini-applications that adds even more functionality than previously possible as third party developers are able to add their own artificial intelligence to the platform. The assistant can also roll dice with any number of sides even if real world equivalents do not exist.
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