Money expert Clark Howard recently mentioned to a few members of Team Clark how Google’s voice-powered assistant has become an everyday part of his life.
Now that it’s available on both Androids and iPhones, I decided to turn on Google Assistant to see what he was talking about.
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What Google Assistant can do for you
Similar to Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana, Google Assistant becomes more useful over time as it uses artificial intelligence to get personal, learning the user’s preferences.
When you start a sentence with “Ok Google,” Google Assistant begins listening for your question or command.
Let’s say you’re driving and want to let a friend know you’re running late. With Google Assistant, you can send that message without picking up your phone. The assistant can also read text messages back to you.
Here are 11 examples of how Google Assistant can help you get things done:
- Make phone calls: “Call Mom.”
- Send text messages: “Text Matt. Tell him I’m driving and will be there soon.”
- Send emails: “Email John. I’m out of the office and will be back Monday.”
- Set a reminder: “Order dog food next Wednesday.”
- Set an alarm or timer: “Wake me up at 8 a.m. tomorrow.”
- Add something to your calendar: “Dinner with friends. Next Wednesday. 7 p.m.”
- Play music: “Play a Dolly Parton song.”
- Get directions: “I need directions to the closest gas station.”
- Get news and weather: “Will it rain this weekend?”
- Conduct web search: “Find me a recipe for baked macaroni and cheese.”
- Get translations: “How do I say beer in Spanish?”
Google says anything you share with Google Assistant is safe and secure. Users can delete their Google history at any time from the My Activity page.