Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Working on Keyboard Input and Search Gesture for Google Assistant


Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is wasting no time in taking the capabilities of its digital assistant to another level. Latest reports indicate that the tech giant is working on a slate of new features for Google Assistant as it looks to simplify the process of interacting with the AI tool. Up until now, voice commands have been the only way humans have been able to communicate with the tool.

Texting on Google Assistant

That is set to change, if recent reports are anything to go by. Google is reportedly planning to enable texting on the digital assistant. The new beta Google app will come with a keyboard icon that users can tap and type in their queries when voice commands are not appropriate. The same would essentially be helpful in instances where voice commands are not the best way to ask for help.

Text support for Google assistant would especially be useful in a loud environment where voice commands would be drowned by surrounding noise. The feature would also be helpful when one is in a meeting and in dire need of asking the AI tool something, without drawing attention. Text capabilities on Google Assistant would also come in handy in quiet settings such as movie theaters.

Google Assistant For Android Wear

In addition to text capabilities, it appears that Google is planning to make Google Assistant compatible with wearable devices. The new feature is part of an effort by the tech giant to embed itself in the fast-growing wearable business.

“We’ve enabled a lot of diversity with our hardware partners to target different types of consumers and preferences. This is a marathon, not a sprint. This category of product is here with us to stay,” said Jeff Chang Google product manager of Android wear

Google assistant also appears to be getting a brand new feature dubbed ‘search gestures’ that will allow people to turn on Google search tool by simply swiping the home screen. With the new feature, users will also be able to choose a default search for in Apps and All.

Alphabet stock was up by $12.19 in Friday trading session consequently closing the week at highs of $825.21 a share.

Ruchi Gupta works as a full-time freelancer and her content spread over from tech news to analysis on equities. Earlier, she had worked in the capacity of a Senior Research Analyst with Nigeria’s largest financial newspaper. She also had stints with companies like Genpact (for its GE domain), Zacks Research and ABN AMRO Bank spread over a period of five years. She holds a first degree in Accountancy and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (First Class) from the International School and Business and Media in India.