Google Assistant on Android is receiving an update which allows it to open and search within Android apps using voice commands.
This is a significant change to how Google Assistant can be used going forward.
Previously, Google Assistant could only interact with other Google apps, as well as the Android operating system itself.
Assistant could be used to open third-party apps, but that was the extent of its capabilities.
Now, Google Assistant can be used to search within any app installed on an Android phone.
Google Assistant integration is currently available for Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, TikTok, Spotify, Postmates, Discord, Walmart, Etsy, Snapchat, Twitter, Uber, and more.
Assistant can also be used to perform tasks using variety of Google apps, including YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and others.
Google reminds users that getting apps to perform tasks can be made even more efficient by setting up custom shortcuts.
For example, instead of saying “Hey Google, play my work-from-home mix on Spotify,” you could simply say “Hey Google, work day music.”