It's funny to think that Google Assistant
debuted on Allo back in 2016 – a messaging app that will certainly be abandoned in the not-so-distant future, or relegated to serving a minor role, much like Hangouts "evolved" into Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. But Google Assistant has since moved on to greener pastures, playing a key role in other Google products and services.
The latest app to get Google Assistant support will be Android Messages, according to a new report by XDA. A developer going by the moniker Quinny899 was first to spot the code and was even able to turn on Assistant in Android Messages.
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As can be expected, the virtual assistant functions much in the same way it did in Allo back in 2016, though users can't engage in direct conversations with it this time around (you have the Assistant app for that). Google Assistant instead suggests things to say based on your conversations and recommends nearby restaurants and venues. If it detects that you're making plans with someone, Assistant will also show you the weather for the appropriate time and place, provided your chat contains the relevant information.
Although this may not seem like much, the functionality of Google Assistant in Android Messages is only going to expand and improve as it moves toward a final release. This seems to be yet another decisive step toward a unified, first-party messaging experience on Android. Too bad Google had to develop and abandon a handful of apps before it went full circle and got back to Messages.