Google Assistant is a voice-activated helper similar to smart speakers and smart displays like the (formerly the Google Home Hub).or . It's built into newer Android phones like the and . It also powers the line of
Google Assistant is the voice that speaks to you and answers your questions whenever you say the wake words "OK, Google" and "Hey, Google." Say those words to a compatible device, and you can command Google Assistant to read you a recipe, set a timer, check your calendar, give you directions or control your smart home devices.
Here's our list ofand the list keeps growing. Here's to catch up on what Google's smart speakers and smart displays can do. On phones, you can talk to Google Assistant by typing if you don't feel like talking, and it responds to some touch commands on in addition to the usual voice commands.
On most smart speakers and smart displays, Google Assistant can respond to voice commands given from across a room because of finely tuned far-field microphones built into the devices. If more than one smart speaker hears your command, only the closest one will respond.
Google Assistant can alsoand customize responses accordingly. You can train it on one device to recognize six different voices, so everyone in your family can get tailored responses if they ask your Google Home about their calendar for the day. You can pick from a , including . You can customize its voice for each person in the family as well.
Our favorite Google Assistant devices are the $50for an affordable starting point and the $130 Google Nest Hub for a handy touchscreen if you want a visual reference. Here's how to .