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Google is working on a way to make automating Assistant easier for the rest of us

Google is working on a way to make automating Assistant easier for the rest of us

Google Assistant is arguably the best voice assistant on a smartphone right now — from making restaurant reservations to holding calls for you, it can do so much. But if you're not in the mood for talking, an upcoming feature will give you a handy, speech-less way of getting Assistant to help you out.

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Tip: Google Assistant can help you manage your phone's battery life, even remotely

Tip: Google Assistant can help you manage your phone's battery life, even remotely

Google Assistant is useful beyond answering run-of-the-mill questions about the weather or helping set alarms and timers. You can ask it to make restaurant reservations, schedule lights on or off, or tell you how much you slept last night. At some point, it also picked up a new ability that lets you manage your phone's battery life remotely — since we didn't know about it, we figured you probably won't either.

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Android Auto adds custom shortcuts and re-enables Google Assistant routines

Android Auto adds custom shortcuts and re-enables Google Assistant routines

Wallpapers aren't the only new thing rolling out to Android Auto users this week, Google is also turning on some handy features to simplify activities while you're driving. Users can now add custom shortcuts to the launcher to quickly call pre-selected contacts or activate Google Assistant commands. Along with this, Google Assistant routines are available again after more than two years since they mysteriously stopped working through Auto.

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Google is experimenting with Assistant routines that can run at sunrise and sunset

Google is experimenting with Assistant routines that can run at sunrise and sunset

Google Assistant is pretty powerful, especially when you start playing around with some of its more advanced customization options. The company has been adding new routines recently, including ones that sense your presence and keep you on track during the workday. Now it looks like Google is working on two new routines called sunset and sunrise.

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The new Google Assistant bugs out when you try to start a routine from the Home app

The new Google Assistant bugs out when you try to start a routine from the Home app

Despite launching with the Pixel 4 several months ago, the new Google Assistant still carries many restrictions, which make it practically unavailable for the grand majority of Android users. This limitation is a good thing, though, because it gives Google time to iron out bugs like the one we'll describe below: The Google Home app fails to start a routine if you're using this new Assistant.

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Google Assistant routines haven't worked on Android Auto for over a year, still no fix in sight (Update: Google acknowledges)

Google Assistant routines haven't worked on Android Auto for over a year, still no fix in sight (Update: Google acknowledges)

Assistant's features are far from consistent across platforms and have been like that since the service's launch. Some commands work on phones but not speakers, others vice-versa, not to mention smartwatches, TVs, cars, Bluetooth headsets, and other types of devices. Here's another example of this fragmentation: Routines aren't working on Auto. In fact they haven't been supported for over a year and there's no solution on the horizon.

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Google is re-adding routine support to Assistant on Chromebooks

Google is re-adding routine support to Assistant on Chromebooks

Google Assistant is kind of a mess on Chrome OS right now. It's still only officially available on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, and both devices have completely different implementations — the Pixelbook runs Assistant as an Android app, while the Pixel Slate has a native version (which will eventually come to the Pixelbook and other models). Apparently, the Slate version never supported Google Assistant routines, but that will soon be fixed.

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