Google has introduced five new automation features coming to Google Assistant for both Android and iOS devices. From locating your iPhone to trying a new sunrise and sunset routine for your smart home, Google’s digital assistant can do it all.
Find My Phone feature has been available for Android users for a long time, and now Google has made the feature available for iOS users as well. Much like Apple’s Find My app service, the feature will allow users who have a Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker to receive notifications and alerts from the Google Home app for misplaced iPhone. Here is a guide to set up the feature.
Already one of the most popular features for Google Assistant, you can tell your Nest smart speaker or smart display, “Hey Google, find my phone,” for all devices, now including iPhones. For iPhones, once you opt into receiving notifications and critical alerts from the Google Home app, you’ll get a notification and hear a custom ringing sound (even when the phone is on silent or if Do Not Disturb is enabled).
The next feature makes your restaurant orders simpler. The Google Assistant will help you place your order and will automatically navigate the site to fill out details saved in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill.
To make online food orders even easier, Assistant can now help you complete your purchase in only a few steps powered by Duplex on the web. To get started, you’ll need to first search for a restaurant near you from the Google App on Android and select “Order Online” or “Order Pickup.” When you finish your online takeout order from a restaurant we partner with and click “check out,” Assistant will automatically navigate the site and fill out your contact and payment details saved in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill. At launch, we’re partnering with select restaurant chains and will be adding more across the U.S. later this year.
Another interesting feature that Google has introduced is the new sunrise and sunset Routine for your smart home devices. Based on your location, you can have your room lights on and off according to the sun. To set this feature up, go to the “New” routine tab in the Google Home app or Assistant settings, then you need to “add starter,” which will then give you the option between “Sunrise/sunset.”
These are the most notable feature that Google announced in the blog post. To know the other two features, you can visit the blog post.