Changes force all Android reminders to go through Google Assistant

Changes force all Android reminders to go through Google Assistant
According to Android Police, Google has made some serious changes to reminders. First, it unbundled the reminder notifications allowing users to respond to each one separately. Previously, multiple reminders could be received on a single card and all of the reminders would have to be dismissed at the same time. Now, each reminder can be snoozed, marked as finished or left open.

In addition, Google is now forcing all reminders to go through Google Assistant. Android users were once able to add a reminder or edit one through the Google app if Assistant was disabled. Now, if you try to do this, a prompt appears telling you to turn on Google Assistant since the virtual digital assistant "is ready to help you get things done." You won't be able to do anything reminder-wise unless Google Assistant is turned on. If you have your phone set to a language not supported by Google Assistant, you won't be able to set reminders on the phone.

Also changed is the user interface which is now done up in Material Design. The new UI eliminates the gray dividers, and the blue floating button is now in Google's four-color plus sign. Each reminder includes a checkbox replacing a swipe. And reminders that are overdue will jump out at users thanks to a big red badge that says "OVERDUE" in caps. Additionally, the UI for creating a reminder no longer automatically asks you to choose a place where you want to be reminded. If you want the reminder to appear at a certain location, you will have to ask Assistant to "remind me to (fill in the blanks) when I get to (a specific location)."

The changes have already hit our Pixel 2 XL and could very well be on your Android phone as well.



1. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Google assistant is google’s dream spyware.. they made it to keep listening to everything people do and they record everything based on their IDs in their servers. It got access to encrypted apps recently and now this case. Reminders are something very basic and were available in feature phones even. Why are they forcing people to enable google assistant for such a basic feature? If you still defend google about it, you are a sheep who is allowing someone to hunt you.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, you mean like Apple's Siri where they listen in to customers Siri recordings without Apple customers being told. I guess that is one thing that Apple bypassed for their slogan "What's on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.". First of all Googles reminders had issues with multiple GA smart speakers in your home. It's about time each reminder has a separate notification. If you cannot see how this is better, then there is no help for you Mike88. But then again your an iPhone guy.

3. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

There’s no iPhone or android guy.We are consumers. We spend money on these devices for the amazing features they promise to deliver for our convenience in day to day life. Though you also know what the Siri summon issue was where they send a few seconds of recording to contractors randomly to examin the nature of summon, I won’t defend apple on it even though they suspended that practice. I’m not defending apple on anything. Let’s say iOS is also insecure but what google is doing for their political mission can’t be justified. Google is not your friend. And these companies aren’t paid by the users to provide benefits to several political parties in their mission. You know they are doing it. But your hate for another OS make you someone blind about it. iOS is not safe but google is doing something much worse and they need to be stopped

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"But your hate for another OS make you someone blind about it." So you are saying you are blind, and you hate Google. You love iOS, and you love showing that as well. Okay we got it.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Mike is right. You’re extremely blind to all the good on iOS and iPhones. Your posts are over exaggerated little nuances of iOS - but completely void of any reasoning behind it or anything good in iOS. Google’s core practice is user data aggregation. Apple isn’t. That’s the difference. Google does exactly the same thing - send user commands to contractors for review. Apple suspended their practice - when will google do the same?

7. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Apple suspended their practice because they got caught and got hammered in the press for it. Google has always been quite open that some conversations are reviewed so didn't get the same reaction. Google are not the ones claiming "what happens on iPhone stays on iPhone".

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

@Vokilam Apple was sending 2% of their recordings to contractors, and Google was sending .08% of theirs to contractors - but at least Google was giving consumers the option to opt out. I believe apple, google, and possibly amazon have all suspended this practice for the time being...

9. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

The issue with google isn’t about sending recordings to contractors.. it’s misusing your 100% recording themselves. It doesn’t even need to summon their assistant. Once you start using an android, it makes an ID on their servers and connect all your accounts to that ID and also include every sensitive info it can get from you. They listen to everything you are doing, monitor everywhere you are going and provide this info to the people who are really concerned with your info- if you are smart enough to figure it out. It’s not a secret, everyone knows what Facebook and google are doing but many people support them for the freebies they get including cheaper phones and software. Do you think they are doing charity? Instead of fighting for the OS you support blindly, people should fight for their privacy rights but seems like google is paying them to spread hate about another OS (sgodsell)

10. markusinfinite

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

I actually uninstalled this thing.

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