Google Assistant being added to Chrome OS

Over the last few months, Google has been expanding the types of devices that are capable of running their AI-powered Google Assistant. When first introduced, the Google Assistant was an exclusive to Pixel smartphones. However, Google quickly figured out that it would be a better strategy to make it available in as ubiquitous a manner as possible, especially to stave off Amazon’s Alexa from controlling the assistant market. Adding Google Assistant to other Google devices like their Home branded smart speakers was an easy step. Their latest move to make Google Assistant available through their Chrome OS operating system points to even greater availability.

Last year Google made the Google Assistant available on their new Pixelbook laptop, their top-of-the-line Chromebook. At the same time, Google has worked with partners producing goods like speakers, smart displays and headphone to add native support for the Google Assistant. Google also opened the door to older Android smartphones being able to run the Google Assistant.

With the move to add support for Google Assistant to Chrome OS, the company will make it possible for owners of Chromebooks other than the expensive Pixelbook to access the assistant. This is very similar to their move to make it available on older smartphones.

In examining some of the code that is available for a pending Chrome OS update, it appears the Google Assistant will be turned off by default so that OEMs can decide whether they want to make it available. In addition, if it is turned on by Chromebook manufacturer, they can also decide whether it will be something triggered by a hot word or if it will also or only launch through a physical button press.

source: XDA Developers


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.