What's New in the Google Assistant?

(or They released how many new things in just 3 months?)


2 April 2018

More (Human) Languages

In addition to the 8 languages in 15 locales previously announced:


  • Russian (ru-RU)
  • Hindi (hi-IN)
  • Thai (th-TH)
  • Indonesian (id-ID)
  • Danish (da-DK)
  • Norwegian (no-NO)
  • Swedish (sv-SE)
  • Dutch (nl-NL)

(And the trivia template now supports more languages, too)

Content-based Actions

In addition to smart-home and conversational actions, we now have

  • Podcasts
  • News
  • Recipe


New desktop directory that lets you view and share them.

More phone integration

Deep linking from an Action to an intent on a connected Android app.

More, deeper, integrations coming later this year.

Access to digital purchases made on Android.

Integration with "Places"

With permission, your users will be able to specify a place (such as a landmark or their home) and your Action can get the addresses referenced without knowing the user relevance.

Daily updates / Notifications

No longer in developer preview for phones.


Still not available for speakers. Yet.

Rich media changes

Web Content Carousels

  • Like the current option carousels - except completely different.

Border options for card and carousel images.

Media Responses

  • Play audio longer than 2 minutes.
  • Continue the conversation after the audio ends.
  • User's can interrupt and issue commands on speakers.
  • Media controls and suggestion chips on Android.

Updated Libraries

Actions on Google - node.js

  • 1.7.0
  • 1.8.0
  • 1.9.0
  • 1.10.0


  • 2.0.0 Beta

Dialogflow - node.js

  • Beta
  • Basic support for 8 platforms, including Facebook and Assistant

What's Next?

Even more languages

Aiming for 30 languages by the end of the year, which would cover 95% of the Android user base.

Multilingual support by end of year as well (initially for limited languages, but growing.)

New Surfaces

Smart Displays from four manufacturers coming later this quarter.

Build Actions for Your Community / VoiceCamp

Coming in July!

  • Mon, 9 July
  • ?
  • Sat, 14 July

Allen Firstenberg


Software developer / Consultant


Google Developer Expert


Author: Designing and Developing for Google Glass






By Allen “Prisoner” Firstenberg