Three Google Assistant tricks that make your smartphone ‘smarter’


Google Assistant was launched in 2016 as an extension to Google Now – which is now obsolete.

If you are using an Android smartphone, chances are high that you have heard about Google Assistant before. It is Google’s voice assistant, just like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. Google Assistant was launched in 2016 as an extension to Google Now – which is now obsolete. It can be launched from your Android phone with simple ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ voice commands and can be used for various personal works from controlling the smart home devices to access information, control music, find direction, read the notifications and even news. What makes it stand apart from Siri or Cortana is its conversational interactions which is based on bot-centric Artificial Intelligence.

Here are a few tricks of Google Assistant that will make your smartphone ‘smarter’:

> Make phone calls and text messages

Apart from setting an alarm or adding a reminder, you can now make calls and send text messages to people using your Google Assistant.

For that just launch Google Assistant and say “call (the person’s name)” and it will automatically call the desired number. If you say, “call dad”, Google Assistant will dial your dad’s number from your contact list.

If you want to send a text message to someone, just say “Send text message to (the person’s name)” to it and then say out loud the message you want to deliver – it will write the message for you.

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> Translate language

If you are visiting a foreign country or just shifted there and totally oblivious about the native language then just launch Google Assisstant and say “How do you say (whatever you want to say) in (the language you want to translate it to)” and assistant will speak out the translated phrase. For example, If you are visiting France and want to ask how much something costs, say “How do you say ‘how much does this cost’ in French”.

> Tune your guitar

If you love playing the guitar, use your Google Assistant to act as the tuner by just saying “tune my instrument” or you can even tune it to a particular note by mentioning it like “D minor”.

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