Google Assistant can now control third party apps using custom commands

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Yes, the consumers now be able to explore mode media from their Android smartphones and smart speakers by giving a proper command to the Google Assistant. Developers of Actions do need to add this feature, so not all of them will work right off the bat. On your phone, audio from Actions will produce a media notification you can use to manage playback as well. The newest additions come in the form of Custom Device Actions, and they're about to add one whole heck of a lot of variety to their connected device ecosystem. You can pause, skip or do whatever you want to do using an appropriate command to the Google Assistant. What's more, TV channels such as CNBC, Calm, The Daily Show and others will have new features for general show information and playback. You will also be notified with new updates on share market through the assistant.

Of all the features, the ability to issue complex commands seems most promising, as it'll significantly increase the number of things Assistant-powered devices can do.

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Shortly after rolling out Action for Google Assistant with support for seven new languages, Google will roll out yet another update for the service. Google has said in its official blog post that the Assistant Actions will also support "Custom Device Actions" which enables the Assistant to understand the custom voice commands. The end users will likely to come across to all the newly introduced features when the updates roll out for them in the coming days. For instance, you can ask Google Assistant about weather updates, text or call someone from your contacts, turn Wi-Fi on or off, and much more.

Today's new features are especially geared towards the smart home and better integrating those gadgets with Assistant.

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For example, Todoist, the project management app, comes with support for Actions, in regards to hyper-specific commands to the app like "Mark the first task under Project 'make your graduation film' as done'".

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