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Google Assistant’s settings get a search bar to help you navigate the clutter

Google Assistant’s settings get a search bar to help you navigate the clutter

From running basic routines to reserving tables on your behalf, Google Assistant has grown into a pretty capable voice assistant in its relatively short lifespan. But with so many features and settings to fiddle with, it gets kind of prohibitive to scroll through its lengthy Settings page to find the right option — it would be worse if you’re looking for a sub-menu. A search function is an easy solution to all these woes, and Google is bringing exactly that to Assistant’s settings page.

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Google is rolling out a new look for the Assistant settings page on Android

Google is rolling out a new look for the Assistant settings page on Android

Ever since Google introduced the Assistant back in 2016, the company has been making it smarter with new features and capabilities. But with feature creep comes settings freak — the Assistant settings page has always been kinda confusing and convoluted even for techy folks. Google experimented with a cleaner design earlier this year, and now it seems to be rolling out more broadly — but with a few new tweaks.

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Google Assistant starts consolidating all your reservations and purchases in one place

Google Assistant starts consolidating all your reservations and purchases in one place

It seems that every couple of weeks, there's a change to the way information is displayed in Google Assistant, its Explore page, or its Settings. When it comes to the latter, we've seen an empty Purchases pageintegrated Reminders, and a link to your Stocks page that came and disappeared. Today, there's something new showing up: Reservations (as discovered by Cody in a teardown not so long ago). Plus we have some updates on that empty Purchases page.

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