Google Assistant is now available for US users. Needless to say, it is better than other voice assistants such as Siri. Well, coming to the practical scenario, Google Assistant is just a third-party application and hence it can not perform system functions efficiently as compared to Siri.
You can read our intro post on Google Assitant here.
10 Tips and Tricks
1. Add a Widget
Since you can not access Google Assistant by tapping the home button, Google has made the process easier. You can actually add Google Assistant as a widget and put it in the Today View. For doing this,
- Go to Today View and tap on Edit.
- Tap on the Green + Button next to Google Assistant and then tap on Done.
- That’s it! You have added Google Assistant to your Today View.
2. Type to Google Assistant
Well, if you are in a situation where you can not speak, just type it to Google Assistant. Tap on the keyboard icon in the bottom left side. Well, you can not type in Siri, can you?
3. Don’t ask Google Assistant for System Tasks
Since Google Assistant is not a system application, it can not perform system tasks like Siri does. Hence, don’t ask it for things it can not do. Instead, switch to Siri for certain tasks.
4. Ask Things that You Usually Google
Google Assistant is way ahead of Siri when it comes to dealing with general information. Siri fails because of two reasons,
First, it does search on Bing for what you ask for,
Second, its voice recognition is not good enough.
So, you should use Google Assistant for things you would generally Google as it would save a lot of time. Also, it would give you direct results most of the times.
5. Ask for Directions
If you are that person who uses Google Apps on iPhone instead of using inbuilt system apps, then this one is for you. All you need to do is ask Google Assistant for a particular direction. It will show you a preview which you can open in the Google Maps.
6. Set Multiple Timers
Well, this is also one of the things that Siri can not do. And it is really useful at times. With Google Assistant, you can set multiple timers, see their status and control them at the same time.
For example, you can ask the Assistant for
Start a timer for 5 mins, then ask
Start a timer for 8 mins,
and then you can ask Google Assistant for
Show all the timers.
7. Draft Emails
With the help of Google Assistant, you can directly draft and send emails from your phone by dictating. Though the Assitant does not have the functionality of having integration with Google Inbox and Gmail app, it does have the capability of sending an email directly from in-app. All you need to do is just say
Send contact email
And it will show you a draft screen.
8. Add Calendar Events
Google Assitant can directly add events to your Calendar. All you need to do is open Google Assistant and say
Add lunch with John at 3 p.m. next Tuesday
and the Assistant will do it for you.
9. Set up News Briefing
Well, if you are one of those users who are keen on knowing about the happening in the world but do not have much time, this one is for you. Daily News Briefing is one of the least used features of Google Assistant. You can actually choose the news sources for getting a briefing.
Once you have set and selected a number of sources, it will become really easy for you to catch up with the world. News are read out Reporters and you will know it all in 2 minutes.
To set it up, tap on floating icon on the right side, and then tap on 3-dotted menu and then select Settings.
From Settings, you will have to select on News. From here, you can select various news sources for your Daily News Briefing. Once you have added sources, you can also reorder them accordingly. In the list to choose from, you will find reputed and prominent sources like
- Reuters, and
Once you have set up news sources, all you need to do is open the Assistant and say something like
- What’s the news today?
- I want to listen to news briefing, and
- What is my news briefing?
10. Setup Shortcuts
If you are a fan of Google Assistant, then this feature is for you. It is more of a pro feature. So, if you find yourself repeating the same things over and over again, then you can set up a Shortcut for it.
It is similar to Text Expansion on iPhone, the only difference is it’s you who says the command.
Go to Settings and then tap on Shortcut. You will see a list of things that you can directly set up. To create a shortcut of your own, tap on +.
In the first field, select the Shortcut while in the second field, type what the Assistant should do.
Google Assistant can do lot many things for you. It is up to you to explore it! Tap on the floating icon on the top right and you will see many things to be explored. So, try asking things for yourself and do try it out!
You can download Google Assistant for your phone from here.
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