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Google Assistant review: Is it actually useful?

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With Google Assistant spearheading the Google Pixel's appeal (according to Google), is it something that can actually be found useful in its early stages? Want to sponsor the next Android Police video? Get in touch: videosponsor@androidpolice.com. ▶ Circle us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice ▶ Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Subscribe to the RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed
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Om Gupta (21 days ago)
I would love to use Google Assistant. Unfortunately, my current phone with Android 5.1.1 doesn't support it. I'll soon be buying a new device with Nougat or Oreo. I just want to use it....
ASHOK KUMAR PRIME (1 month ago)
I like google assistant...😘😘😘
Isabella Schmidt (2 months ago)
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Pankaj Gawande (2 months ago)
Changla aahe baraa ka..mala aavdla Google assistant.. mazya bhashet jevha purna kaam karel tevha majaa jast yeyill... 🤣
Terence Jones (3 months ago)
Pixel 2 hardware isn't great, the software operating system easily outshines the hardware. When Google makes a better hardware than Samsung , only then will I buy. But seriously , outside of the camera , the rest of the phone sucks! Come on Google , you have the money to make better hardware than the pixels thus far!
Baciul Alex (3 months ago)
why is important in someones life to know some scores of a sport team?
james townsend (4 months ago)
Much prefer Now, really pissed off they forced it to my phone and tablet...which only runs assistant in portrait mode while I always use it in landscape. Grrrrrrr
The Rolls Royce Trent (4 months ago)
When you shop mention the city you live in and mention the item(s) you are looking for. I learned this by mistake. Say something like Denver Smartphones and it will pop up a list of Smartphones in your city. But always mention the city you live in.
The Rolls Royce Trent (4 months ago)
For flights, all I say to Google is "Seattle to Los Angeles". But you have to fill in specific dates. Say Los Angeles to JFK. Chicago to Las Vegas. You understand now.
Bishal Maji (7 months ago)
How to make it read what i search..pls tell someone
Nipun Sharma (8 months ago)
My shopping list did not go to keep app despite they open chrome
mini pillai (9 months ago)
i knew it it was Zachary
Skunkwurx (9 months ago)
So.... no mention of what happened to the swipe left card system of Google Now... For all of us who are never going to talk to our phone
Jamster (9 months ago)
Soon the majority of people walking and talking on the phone will not be talking to other mammals...
Debra Dukes (10 months ago)
Zachary Thanks so much really enjoyed and Appreciate all your Awesome Reviews Deb 👍
Simon Triendl (10 months ago)
I can not find the settings for my Day in the Oneplus 3t (I use German language)
sebcarol1 (10 months ago)
What launcher are you using? The icons are cool
BALKAR SINGH (10 months ago)
The best voice assistant in the world is GOOGLE ASSISTANT!!!!
Tim B. (11 months ago)
I like it I just have to figure out how to use it. Some time it doesn't seem to work.
johanne ford (11 months ago)
love it
Romel Meyer (11 months ago)
where did you buy your phone holder? hahahaha
Aswin Anil (11 months ago)
Google Assistant is now available for all Android versions from Marshmallow. Just update your Google app and Play Services as a Beta tester.
Steve Bergman (1 year ago)
This came with Nougat on my Note 5. Frankly, I'm not impressed. She's so dumb that she doesn't even know what version she is: Me: "OK Google", "What version are you?" Assistatant: "I'm the version that's gonna do my best to help you!" It was a serious question. (And yes, she really did say "gonna".) Sheesh! It's like someone asking me my name and my trying to cover for the fact that I didn't know.
James King (1 year ago)
As far as I have been able to determine, when you use the "Tell me about my day" feature, it will only tell you reminders that have been set on the phone and not those that have been set using the calendar. It appears that reminders set in the web client and those set on the phone don't sync and it doesn't see them. It also doesn't seem to read all day calendar events but only appointments scheduled for a specific time.
cztrollolcz (1 year ago)
i have acces to g-assistant withou pixel, allo and modding
UR14EE072 RICHERD C P (1 year ago)
is that possible to change its UGLY voice
GMD Alizer (1 year ago)
Marvin 101 (1 year ago)
now using google assistant on my S5 it's pretty usefull and way better than google now.
Brian Ross (1 year ago)
So far so good!! I'm pretty sure they'll add improvements
Feroz Ahmad (1 year ago)
"If this then that"? really? Isn't called "If-else" condition?
Ricardo Tyson (1 year ago)
No, waiting for Samsung's Bixby
GlassINK (1 year ago)
a question only an Android user was capable and smart enough to ask...
dtwelve2086 (1 year ago)
r we belong to a.i
Ujjwal Gogia (1 year ago)
Nice video, I like google assistant. Anyway, could you pls tell what mobile stand is it in the video with that aluminum kinda finish? Also could you pls tell if it's available on Amazon. :)
SGK_GaminG™ (1 year ago)
i use allo in my iPhone 5s. my android is weak. not even marshmallow. xD
Kenny 92 (1 year ago)
I'm trying to figure out why whenever someone talks about assistant, they mention the whole "keep the conversation going" thing, Google now does the exact same thing
Alejandro Mujica (1 year ago)
Damn, I miss Ft. Worth...
subham kar (1 year ago)
ya its awesome, and I am looking forward to its progress
legniak1 (1 year ago)
my LG g4 already does all this
x23 (1 year ago)
This was around the time the Bulls were 5th in the Eastern Conference and things were looking somewhat good. My how things have changed :/
deathpony698 (1 year ago)
behold the power of IFTTT
Robert Bilson (1 year ago)
how the heck would I know, I haven't had the pleasure of using it yet - you doughnut!
timo Madison (1 year ago)
how did u connect it to life I've been trying that forever
Shreyas Aradhya P (1 year ago)
timo Madison Download IFTTT and connect it to Google assistant.
Sanjeeva Kumar (1 year ago)
very useful and nice
Saurav Rajeev (1 year ago)
did u guys know that u could actually select a specific word or text to find more information on Google assistant screen search akin to the Google now tap thingy? you just need to highlight the text and then do a usual Google screen search in Google assistant (swipe up). your would find the details of it. It's really useful. But I feel the old Google screen search was better.
Nexus 5x's have Google Assistant now too after an update.
Nicholas M Daskievige (1 year ago)
It's 2017 and now Google Assistant is now on Marshmallow
Niklas Vennström (1 year ago)
In Google now screen search you could select text from your screen (even text from images). I can see in your status bar you have the icon for this feature which seems to not be present in Google assistant. May I ask how you got it?
Kenneth Ko (1 year ago)
what's the case/bumper you have on the pixel in this video?
Tamara Girodie (1 year ago)
Oh my god that I'm feeling lucky though... I can imagine this being great for visual disabilities!
Tacos Buenos (1 year ago)
super cool, yea. i don't give a fucking shit about an ai talking to me. my phone automatically switched to this bullshit and i want my old fucking screenshot button back!!! WHAT THE FUCK?!? HOW DO I GET RID OF THIS FUCKING FUCK?!!?!
Son Of Dad (1 year ago)
Not really needed. More of a luxury, but who doesn't like luxury? 😉
JmanDatN (1 year ago)
Unnecessary as all hell. its pretty much ok google took over google now...lame not ambitious
kenneth czyz (1 year ago)
Other devices now have it jus got my assistant
Josh GA (1 year ago)
kenneth czyz I just got mine on s7 edge
Jeshu Carl (1 year ago)
artificial intelligence has answers for everything , I mean everything !!!!!
Jeshu Carl (1 year ago)
you can't say it a artificial intelligence dude
Ibraheem Muhammad (1 year ago)
where can i buy the the phone stand you used in video?
DANIEL SOHKHLET (1 year ago)
do we need to teach it for better response????? plz reply
Sher v (1 year ago)
what is Alo?
Abhishek Sharma (1 year ago)
Sher v allo- google messaging app.
Elixir (1 year ago)
How do you update Google Assistant?
Elixir (1 year ago)
OMG thank you so much i was wondering for so long!
Abish Vijayan (1 year ago)
A Sweadish Dragon It's integrated in the Google App. So Updating the Google App will make it's assistant update.
Cenas Awesome ! (1 year ago)
I just dont like to say ok google everytime -.- or touch the screen everytime i want to ask something..
Nikko M (1 year ago)
Cenas Awesome ! Me too. I want the conversation to be flawless.
Raphy Martinez (1 year ago)
I use Allo and love it
Kendrick Kirk (1 year ago)
"Text my wife" seems like a really simple task, but it's too much for Google assistant.
devil1989 (1 year ago)
Kendrick Kirk name contact My wife and you will see magic
T1v2 (1 year ago)
that really blue is practically non existant... :/
Joseph Anderson (1 year ago)
What's the music in your video?
David Jarrett (1 year ago)
google now already do all that
Wally Aime (1 year ago)
I use Allo
Alejandro Villatoro (1 year ago)
"What airplane in Spanish "lo avión" wtf
barsason1 (1 year ago)
what launcher and icon pack is that?
Burton Lewis Jr. (1 year ago)
The Allo jab was unnecessary... like the amount of wrist bands you have on.
Niketan Rai (1 year ago)
a comparison with s7 edge plz
milun bosiljcic (1 year ago)
Nice. Well done.
Kem Alimole (1 year ago)
Where can I get that phone stand?
hiptech (1 year ago)
BTW anyone know which stand that is I've been looking for this exact one...
Yaw (1 year ago)
I remember Google promised contextual understanding for Google Now last year but that didn't work (#Google Event 2015) well so they pushed everything to Google assistant. Don't know why they didn't just update google now and say these are the new features....#Wierd
Kem Alimole (1 year ago)
+Yaw not much to be honest.
Yaw (1 year ago)
+Kem Alimole Then what makes the difference between GA and GN?
Kem Alimole (1 year ago)
Yaw Google Now does have contextual understanding. For example: "Who is the president of the united States", then ask "how old is he".
justabit (1 year ago)
I would maybe use Voice Assistants if it didn't upload the voice data to google.
russjr08 (1 year ago)
justabit ok
abestream5 (1 year ago)
Android Police don't really get YouTube, unsubscribed
Jay Erwin (1 year ago)
Representing the DFW! :D
allo best messenger. Fuck you.
vanesbysbcglobal (1 year ago)
We have the Google assistant and have now for nearly a month and use it on a daily basis for a number of things including turning on and off the lights choosing and playing music receiving our news at etc, etc and we absolutely love it. We will soon be adding the ability to mirror to our TV very soon as well as a security system. Google may have a few things to work on like a to do list, reminders and sending text but I know Google will come out kicking butt.
Michael Vojtisek (1 year ago)
What brand mobile phone stand is that?
CocainaBlaze (1 year ago)
What's the instrumental in the beginning?
Crazy Hater (1 year ago)
Omega Blaze Allo...
Yo Zach, what screen protector do you have on your XL?
Jazli Aziz (1 year ago)
The part where you asked follow up questions about the Bulls also works in normal Google voice search/Google Now. It's not new to Assistant.
Michael Wilson (1 year ago)
+Jazli Aziz Oh ok. I thought I remembered trying it when they unveiled assistant but maybe it had already been added by then.
Jazli Aziz (1 year ago)
+Michael Wilson Nope. It was already available in Google Now before Google Assistant was released.
Michael Wilson (1 year ago)
I think it was new with assistant but they added it to the Google Now as well.
Mark Stronge (1 year ago)
Cheap shots at a brand new messaging app just don't cut it with me. unsubscribed.
Jonathan Bae (1 year ago)
Nikka M (1 year ago)
I'm trying to use voice commands more, but it just doesn't feel natural to talk to my phone like it's a person. I doubt I'll ever be able to embrace AI so fully.
iTz SKR (1 year ago)
Nice phone stand. Anyone know any info links about it ?
C. P. (1 year ago)
It is certainly not enough of an upgrade from Google Now to get me to spend that kind of money on a crappy looking phone with one bottom firing mono speaker. I'll keep my 6P with bigger screen and front facing stereo speakers... Google Now works fine for me...
inlovekay kimjiwon (1 year ago)
how to use allo?
Ralph Dias (1 year ago)
watching this video in Fullscreen, got me frightened about my screen
Steve Palmer (1 year ago)
3 things here. 1, using 'OK GOOGLE' sounds awkward and is. 2, If Google want's to build a personal Google for everyone then why limit it to Pixel? 3, Why would I buy Home (if I could in England) if I can't then use it in conjunction with my Nexus 6p? It all seems a bit bonkers if you ask me.
Darryl Moering (1 year ago)
Still haven't seen anything Google Now can't do.
ThilanNana (10 months ago)
i can tell you stuff that the assistant can't do that google now can. 1. tell you what song is playing 2. tell you what your camera can see
Darryl Moering (1 year ago)
I'm going to start using Allo, I hate the new Google Messenger icon.
kalib Walling (1 year ago)
Oh I see
Darryl Moering (1 year ago)
They don't compare to GNL in my opinion, I've stopped running Nova on my primary device, too laggy for my tastes.
kalib Walling (1 year ago)
Use action launcher or Nova.
Darryl Moering (1 year ago)
GNL doesn't support them.
kalib Walling (1 year ago)
you can use an icon pack
Wallenst3in (1 year ago)
i just hate that i have to say ok google, id be better if i copuld jsut double tapp somewhere on the screen. the next thing that still kepss me from using it is that i have to say it 2 times or ill have to wait 3 secs for it to start, its annoying af
Nedal Hanna (1 year ago)
1:20 I only use Google now to remind me to take the food out of the toaster (oven) 😂😂😂😂😂
TechCilium (1 year ago)
why do u need a body armor Zach? o.O
Om Gupta (21 days ago)
Tacos Buenos (1 year ago)
i don't want a nokia, i want my phone to work the way it did a week ago
Akshat Shah (1 year ago)
Tacos Buenos Get a Nokia
Tacos Buenos (1 year ago)
hey, how do i get rid of google assistant? a super smart ai is cool and all, but i really don't give a shit about it. i want to send a screenshot without having to talk to my fucking phone. please help me.
TechCilium (1 year ago)
Zachary Anderson 😅😅
Yochith Thimmaiah (1 year ago)
Thats absolutely great.... I would love to have one of pixel phones....
pitchcontrol1200 (1 year ago)
I love the direction that Google is headed towards with Google Assistant.
Julio Lagara (1 year ago)
Zach, or anyone, starting at 3:53 in the video, what's the name of the phone dock? I'd like to purchase one for my Pixel XL.
General Relativity (1 year ago)
Julio Lagara nice!
Julio Lagara (1 year ago)
+Antoine OBannon buying it right now.
General Relativity (1 year ago)
Julio Lagara you're welcome
Julio Lagara (1 year ago)
+Antoine OBannon​ thanks a lot! I've seen that one but the one in the video has black padding on the edges. Unless Zachary added the passing himself.
General Relativity (1 year ago)
Julio Lagara I found it. It's called Satechi R1 Arm Hinge Holder Stand. $60 on Amazon 😞

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