New Google Assistant update adds entire search phrases to keyboard suggestion row

Typing support for Google Assistant was only introduced at last week's I/O 2017, yet the function is already getting an upgrade. 

The feature that provides a type-to-search option for people who don't want to talk to their phones in public now sports a new suggestions bar containing full search phrases. Previously, the service only relied on Gboard which offered recommendations for your next word. 

If you have the latest available version of Google Assistant and want to check out this new feature, launch the service and press the keyboard icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. 

Common search phrases like "what’s the temperature outside” or previous searches should appear on the suggestion bar. A single tap populates the text field, allowing you to edit the query before entering. These search phrases will only show up when the text field is empty, as typing anything will prompt Gboard's recommendations to appear. 

As a reminder, the new update started rolling out rather recently, so it might take some time before it reaches all compatible devices.


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