- Google has quietly enabled assistant shortcuts that behave like Apple’s Siri counterparts.
- They are limited to supporting apps and only launch certain pages.
- The function seems to be activated automatically by Google.
The Google Assistant has routines that you can use to automate several actions. However, are you missing the days of simple shortcuts? You seem to be coming back. Android police noticed that Google is quietly bringing back assistant shortcuts in Android, though not in the way you may remember.
These are broad parallels to Apple’s Siri Shortcuts, which are used to open specific sections of a specific app on your Android device. You can tell Assistant to start a new Instagram post, update your WhatsApp photo, or check your direct messages on Twitter. Once you’ve activated a shortcut, bring it up by saying “Hey Google” and the shortcut phrase.
This works regardless of whether or not you have the new assistant on your device and enabled on Google side, although it’s not sure which users will get the feature first. We asked Google for a comment. If you have access, you can enable shortcuts by opening the wizard’s settings and scrolling to Shortcuts.
The addition gives iPhone owners no reason to take a break. You can only perform one function at a time. So far, you can only open sections of an app on your phone instead of performing tasks. Unlike Siri or Google’s own routines, you can’t string together a series of commands that could get your entire smart home into action. Developers also need to incorporate shortcut support into their apps. You can’t just control the app of your choice.
It’s a comfort when you can’t use these shortcuts. Now, with the wizard’s diet preferences, you can tune certain cuisines and ingredients up or down so you can avoid Brussels sprouts or seek out Chinese cuisine. You should then have fewer snapshot recipes that you hate. As with shortcuts, this seems to be done on Google’s servers rather than via an app update.
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