At its Google I/O developer conference, Google today announced that the Google Assistant, the company’s virtual personal assistant that’s available on devices like the Google Home and Pixel phone, will soon get more conversational.
As Google’s Scott Huffman announced today, 70 percent of Google Assistant requests are already in natural language — not the typical keyword queries you’d usually use in Google Search.
Huffman noted that the Assistant will get more conversational in the coming months and allow you to also have conversations around things that you see, for example. It’ll be integrated with the new Google Lens and that product’s built-in image recognition technology. That way, you’ll be able to use the Assistant to easily talk about things around you.
But if you don’t want to talk, you will also soon be able to type your queries on your phone. Often, you don’t want to speak out your query, after all — maybe because you are in a public place or simply don’t want other people to hear your conversation. This feature will roll out soon, too.
“The Google Assistant should be hands-down the easiest way to get things done,” Huffman noted. “We’re starting to crack the hard conputner science of conversationality.”