Google today announced that all developers (and not just those in its private preview program), can start bringing their applications and services to the Google Assistant, starting with what the company calls “conversation actions” on Google Home. This allows developers to create back-and-forth conversations with users through the Assistant and users can simply start these conversations by using a phrase like “OK Google, talk to Eliza.”
While the Assistant also runs on the Pixel phones and inside the Allo chat app, Google says it plans to bring actions to these other “Assistant surfaces” in the future, but it’s unclear when exactly this will happen.
In October, Google previewed Actions on Google, the developer platform for the Google Assistant. Actions on Google further enhances the Assistant user experience by enabling you to bring your services to the Assistant. Starting today, you can build Conversation Actions for Google Home and request to become an early access partner for upcoming platform features.
Conversation Actions for Google Home
Conversation Actions let you engage your users to deliver information, services, and assistance. And the best part? It really is a conversation — users won’t need to enable a skill or install an app, they can just ask to talk to your action. For now, we’ve provided two developer samples of what’s possible, just say “Ok Google, talk to Number Genie ” or try “Ok Google, talk to Eliza’ for the classic 1960s AI exercise.
Many companies are already working on apps with the Actions on Google platform, including CNBC, Yahoo Fantasy, BuzzFeed, Dominos and more. Google plans to extend this developer platform for Google Assistant to the Pixel phones as well as the company’s Allo app. Future plans call for apps that can be used for purchases and bookings via the platform.
It will be very interesting to see just what types of apps and conversations will be made available with the Google Assistant developer platform. What would you like to see your Google Home do for you with these apps?