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Android 8.0 allows users to activate Google Assistant inside an app

Android 8.0 allows users to activate Google Assistant inside an app
XDA found some code on the Android Developers website that reveals a new feature that will apparently be available with Android 8.0 (Oreo). If developers choose, they can arrange to have Google Assistant open inside their apps. This way, users won't have to leave an app in order to access the personal assistant. This could be a win-win for everyone involved. Developers keep users inside their apps even if they want to use Google Assistant. Google gets more users activating the Assistant, and users have the ability to find out answers to certain questions without jumping in and out of an app.

Because users can change the default personal assistant on their device, this means that depending on the virtual assistant chosen, sometimes it might be Cortana or even Alexa that gets activated inside an app. According to XDA, the personal assistant will be displayed as a new layer on top of "other activities," and it won't be affected by multi-window at all.

Of course, the device being used must be powered by Android 8.0 (Oreo), along with the app. This is the kind of third party integration that Amazon's Alexa has done very well, and now it seems that Google Assistant will be trying to show that it can blend in with a third party app as well.

source: Android Developers via XDA

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posted on 28 Aug 2017, 22:54 3

1. Jesseclark (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jun 2017)

It already does,, I'm using an S8 and holding the home button in any app activates Google assistant. The bixby button also activates bixby anywhere.

posted on 28 Aug 2017, 23:53

3. maxha97 (Posts: 97; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Bixby can do specific command in the app, but google assistant cant do specific command for the app you enter

posted on 29 Aug 2017, 02:36

4. samgsam (Posts: 39; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)

Exactly. I'm using OP 3T and assistant can be activated within any app.

posted on 28 Aug 2017, 23:28

2. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 2017)

Would like to see this in action. Wonder what advantage this would have over an assistant like Bixby that just draws over top the current app, leaving parts of the current app visible.

posted on 29 Aug 2017, 05:37

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 846; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)

Can we say Android is now Superior to iOS in both UI and features ?

posted on 29 Aug 2017, 08:19

6. apple-rulz (Posts: 561; Member since: 27 Dec 2016)

No we can not, because android is not superior to iOS.

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