The news has always played an essential role in our lives, keeping us informed about the world and the issues we care about. But the fact is, while there is a sea bad news, there is also a plethora of “good news” happening where people are making progress solving real issues. The Google Assistant is now making this kind of news easier to find.
“Tell me something good” is a new experimental feature for Assistant users in the US that delivers your daily dose of good news. Just say “Hey Google, tell me something good” to receive a brief news summary about people who are solving problems for our communities and our world, the company said in a blog post.
“Tell me something good” isn’t meant to be a magic solution. But it’s an experiment worth trying because it’s good info about good work that may bring some good to your day.
Earlier this month, Google rolled out a new visual overview of your day when you open the Google Assistant app on your phone, with proactive suggestions and personalised information to help you stay on top of your day.
The new visual snapshot provides curated, helpful information based on the time of day, location, and your recent interactions with the Assistant, and will be available on Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant.
And as travel times are on the top of everyone list, so now when you will hit the road whether you’re getting ready for work, a lunch meeting, or heading home for the night, Google Assistant now pops up your agenda, reminders, traffic time, restaurant or movie reservations, your favourite stocks, upcoming bills, packages in transit, and suggestions for new Actions you should try.
The new feature can be accessed by tapping on the new icon in the top right corner of the screen after you’ve activated your Google Assistant. If you have an iOS device, your personal updates will be shown as soon as you open the Google Assistant app.
“We’ll continue to add more useful features to your snapshot over time—for example, an overview of your notes and lists from Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, Todoist and others; a new discovery section to help you find activities nearby; reminders on where you parked; personalized recommendations for music and podcasts; and much more,” Google said in a blog.
The Google Assistant can also send proactive notifications on your phone to remind you of important upcoming events. You can get notifications for upcoming bills, packages, even an alert that your flight has been delayed—your Google Assistant will keep track so you don’t have to.
Google Assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above and now the virtual assistant has started rolling out on Android 5.0 Lollipop phones to users with the language set to English in India, US, Britain, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain.