Google Assistant gets custom shortcuts for directly interacting with third-party Android apps – Chaim Gartenberg

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Google Assistant is getting much more integrated with third-party apps on Android phones. Google is rolling out the ability to search apps and even use voice commands for popular tasks like sending messages, starting runs, or browsing your shopping cart.

While Assistant has supported opening apps through voice commands for some time, starting today, users will also be able to search within any app they have installed on Android directly from Google Assistant. And for developers that add support, Google is going even further, adding even deeper integration for Assistant to directly link out to common tasks or pages within an app using voice commands.

Previously, Assistant’s third-party support was largely limited to custom actions —…

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