Google Assistant is getting a major makeover

Isaac Cain
October 4, 2018

Icons and buttons are bigger and easier to glance at quickly.

The revamp makes the app a more visual experience, with Google acknowledging that while the Assistant is a voice-activated tool, touch is also a key component.

"Google Assistant" was introduced by the search-engine giant two years ago to allow users to interact with their devices using voice, touch and now, even with the combination of the two. Now, Google has officially announced that the new look is rolling out. However, after making its way to phones, smart displays, and whatever else Google can cram its assistant into, being forced to use your voice to access a lot of GA features hasn't always offered the best experience.

Users now have controls and sliders to manage their smart home devices, including sliders to dim their lights and controls for managing the volume of their smart speakers. The assistant will show curated information based on the time of day and your recent interactions with the Assistant when you swipe up.

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A new Google Assistant redesign is rolling out now to smartphones.

Developers now have tools to use the device's touch screen within Assistant. From thumbnails of recommended items to larger images of recipes, the Google Assistant will now show bold new visuals and more engaging cards with larger images. Google, in a blog post, mentioned all the changes that have arrived as a part of the Google Assistant makeover. This will allow Actions to remember purchases made by users.

In a separate blog to developers, Google explained that apps will not support purchases of digital goods via voice, not just physical goods.

Finally, Google Assistant will now work better for brands which want to use Assistant features. A Google Pay account is required to finalize the purchase, though.

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