Finally: typing to your Google Assistant will soon be an option

Raise your hand if you agree with us that this one should have been supported by the Google Assistant since day one. Sure, Google's idea was to make it a feature founded on natural interaction – or as natural talking to your phone could be – but hey, sometimes you might not want to speak your queries out loud. Like when you're riding the subway and can't quite remember the lyrics to Bieber's "Baby", for example. 

So yeah, one of the news that came out of Google's I/O keynote address was that the Google Assistant will soon accept text-based input. You'll be able to chat with it in private, without making others aware of what you're up to. This feature is going to arrive later this summer.

Another cool new trick is Google Assistant's ability to pair with your phone's camera. This should let it answer questions or perform actions based on what it sees. Imagine pointing your camera at text in a foreign language – an item on the menu at a restaurant in Japan, for instance. Your Assistant will translate that for you. Following up with a question like "What does that look like?" is also going to be an option. 

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1. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

So just adding features from Now on Tap?

2. andrewkb

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

now on tap is better. i downgraded google app because of the assistant

3. hpspectrex360

Posts: 61; Member since: May 10, 2017

This will really improve the usability of the Google Assistant in public. All virtual assistants should have it.

4. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Google is not telling it's android customers that iOS has gotten that feature as of this morning. There is google assistant app on iOS that Google is somehow forgetting to mention.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think its great that Google is releasing its feature in iOS. I for one is 100% behind consumer choices. Its Google call and if they have the resources iOS is the best platform to do it. Android is born out of the fear of Microsoft and Apple locking Google out of their platform. I think Android overwhelming success might come as a bonus for them.

6. Nopers unregistered

They mentioned it in the keynote.

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