Google Assistant makes its way to Android Auto

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The update to Google Assistant in Android Auto also brings tighter integration with the vehicle systems, with Google saying that cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, Kia and Fiat Chrysler will also let you check your fuel level, lock doors, and more.

According to The Verge (via Android Police), the previous implementation on Android Auto used Google Voice search. The experience was tardy and not a whole lot of users could get anywhere close to the page, given how hard to reach it was. You can also look for a specific command, using the included search option.

To help its users a bit, Google is launching a new directory page for the Google Assistant today. Let us know by commenting below.

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The news of more headphones with Google Assistant inside comes days after Amazon announced the launch of its Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to put the AI assistant into more headphones and wearable devices.

Developers that create apps for Google Assistant build actions into these apps, expanding the capabilities of the Assistant and making it more useful for users.

Reviews of the Google Assistant experience with Pixel Buds and Bose QuietComfort 35 II found this to be a standout issue, since accessing the real estate in your ears is markedly different from delivering a buzz in your pocket or a card that pops up on your phone's lock screen.

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Finally, Google is expanding Assistant further into existing categories, including TVs and headphones. Starting this week in the US, the Assistant is coming to Android Auto. To make the platform more enticing, it is consolidating its disparate commands under the name "Actions". We're calling them Actions. If last year's CES was the year of Alexa, Google Assistant is dominating the conversation in 2018. With these integrations, millions of new smart home devices are being connected to the Assistant every month, so you can stay in control, whether you want to heat up the house, check on the laundry or make sure you locked the back door.

Actually, don't do that.

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