Custom Routines Now Live in Google Assistant

It hasn’t taken Google long to bring some great new features to Google Assistant.  After announcing both new voices and customized routines yesterday at Google I/O, both are now live and available.  You can find Routines in the Google Assistant App under Settings>Routines.  There you will find a Floating Action Button (FAB) that will allow you to create a personalize routine for your Assistant.

The customization allows you to tell Google Assistant what to do when you give a particular command.  There are a lot of pre-built command that can be setup with just a couple of taps.

Routines are something that Google added to Assistant earlier this year and allows it to complete a series of actions with one command.  I personally am a big fan of the “Good Morning” routine as it turns on my desk lamp and gives me a news rundown along with the weather with the one command.

Right now it appears that the ability to create a custom routine is only on Android.  I’ve looked on my iOS devices and it is not an option there – at least not yet.  Hopefully that will come over the course of the next few days for iPhone users.

If you missed the keynote from I/O yesterday, Google Assistant was front-and-center throughout the keynote.  There are a lot of great things coming to it over the course of 2018.


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