Google Assistant Just Got Upgraded With Better Touch Support and Richer Visuals

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At first, the Google Assistant was designed primarily as a voice-based helper. However, after making its way to phones, smart displays, and whatever else Google can cram its assistant into, being forced to use your voice to access a lot of GA features hasn’t always offered the best experience. So today, Google has announced a revamped interface for the Google Assistant that should make searching, organizing, and anything else you use the assistant for a little friendlier for both spoken and touch-based inputs.

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The biggest change you’ll see is generally larger and more prominent images and new touch-based settings and sliders for adjusting things like smart home devices, the latter of which seem to be inspired by the UI found in Google smart displays.

Google has also created a new messaging interface that should make it easier to text and edit replies, and added a new shortcut to see your day’s overview from within the Assistant app in Android phones. Now, all you have to do is swipe up from the Assistant screen to see suggestions and alerts based on your schedule and location.

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And to address some of the things Google said it was bringing to the Assistant at Google I/O back in May, the company has developed a new toolkit for brands and businesses to provide you with richer info like better pics and gifs when it comes to things like menus and recipes.

While this may not be a big comfort to those who are still lamenting the loss of Google Now, with how deeply the Google Assistant is being integrated into Android phones and various smart home devices, improved touch controls are a much needed addition. And with Google’s big fall launch event less a week away, we’ll almost certainly have a good reason to test out the Assistant’s improved interface real soon.


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Lemme know when they fix the bug in the fingerprint reader that Pie introduced. I know it’s a first world problem, but the unlock delay is 3-7 seconds. And the delay screws up the voice prompts for the assistant, so that’s close to worthless.