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Google Assistant on Wear OS gets more functionality

05 May 2018

Below you'll find what we at MobileSyrup think Google will announce at I/O 2018. For comparison's sake, Alexa is now able to control 12,000 devices from 2,000 manufacturers, according to an Amazon spokesperson who spoke with VentureBeat. This new program offers more tangible and immediate benefits to startups that can come up with new features, new hardware or even new applicable industries for Google Assistant.

Google recently announced support for IKEA lights and Deutsche Telekom's Magenta hub which enables dozens of devices to be controlled by Google Assistant. But exactly how adept?

In less than a week, developers from all across the world will descend upon the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California to attend the latest iteration of Google's annual I/O developer conference. Well, not so fast, as an Amazon spokesperson told TechHive that the Alexa assistant supports over 12,000 devices from more than 2,000 brands. So if you just bought a no-name smart toaster, the numbers are in Amazon's favor. The company will have even more to display on that front next week.

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Google Assistant is also compatible with over one million "actions", which are things that it can do. The Assistant will also work with Logitech's Harmony remotes so you can browse channels, adjust volume, etc.

First up are Smart suggestions, which will soon be integrated into Assistant.

Whilst many have heard the term "Smart Home" before, you would be forgiven for not knowing exactly what that entails.

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In short, Smart suggestions offer context-aware responses users can tap easily, which makes flawless sense for an operating system meant to run on small screens.

Other upcoming partnerships include August, Schlage, Panasonic, Ikea, Hunter Douglas and Hisense, among others.

As we saw past year, Android P was announced ahead of I/O, but the final consumer release won't arrive until late August.

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Google Assistant on Wear OS gets more functionality