Google has made five new features available to its Google Assistant. It announced new automation and web features for its voice assistant. One of the most important features of the new update is the ability to find a lost iPhone. For reference, the feature has long been available on Android that uses the Google Assistant to trigger a sound for your smartphone if it is lost. The same ability is now being added for iPhones. It is largely similar to Apple’s Find My feature.
With this new feature, smart home users with a Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker and the associated Google Home app for iOS can find a misplaced device. You can trigger the alert by asking “Hey Google, find my phone” on a Google Smart Home device. Then the Google Home app sends a critical iOS warning on the “iPhone”. You will receive a notification and hear a custom ring. This works even when the phone is muted or when Do Not Disturb is on.
To make ordering groceries online even easier, Assistant can now help you complete your purchase in just a few steps. You must first search for a restaurant near you using the Google app on Android and select “Order Online” or “Order Pickup”. Once the online takeout is complete, the Google Assistant will automatically navigate the website and fill in your contact and payment information stored in Google Pay and synced with Chrome Autofill. The company is now working with select restaurant chains and will add more in the US later this year.
Google adds more routine functions. For example, you can have the lights in your living room turn on automatically and start the sprinklers when the sun goes down. In addition, you can perform multiple actions at the same time with a single command.