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Google Assistant can now help you find your phone, order food and more

Google said in a blog that the new features would let Google Assistant find phones for users, make ordering food easier, set a new routine for your Google home devices, and more.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | April 15, 2021 | Updated 16:03 IST

Highlights

  • Google has added five new features to its Google Assistant.
  • Google Assistant will help users find their phones including iPhone.
  • Google will also make it easier for people to order food online.

Google has added five new features to its Google Assistant. The search giant said in a blog that the new features would let Google Assistant find phones for users, make ordering food easier, set a new routine for your Google home devices, and more. The most interesting bit is that Google will also find your iPhone if you lose it.

Google Assistant will simply help you find your phone irrespective of its operating system. You can simply ask your Nest Home speaker to locate your phone. "Hey Google, find my phone," for all devices. However, for iPhone you will have to you can opt in to receive notifications and critical alerts from the Google Home app, you will get notifications about your phone and hear a custom ringing sound even if the phone is on silent or if Do Not Disturb is enabled.

Google will also make it easier for people to order food online. Due to the COVID-19, people are ordering food more instead of eating out. So Google Assistant can now help quicken the ordering process. "To get started, you'll need to first search for a restaurant near you from the Google App on Android and select "Order Online" or "Order Pickup." When you finish your online takeout order from a restaurant we partner with and click "check out," Assistant will automatically navigate the site and fill out your contact and payment details saved in Google Pay and synced to Chrome Autofill. At launch, we're partnering with select restaurant chains and will be adding more across the U.S. later this year," the blog said.

You can also set up sunset and sunrise routines for your smart devices using Google Assistant. For instance, you can ask the smart devices to have your living room lights turn on when the sun goes down. You can find the sunset/ sunrise option in the Google Home app.

"We've included a dedicated section in Ready-Made Routines to highlight popular "suggested actions" to inspire you, such as "Tell me if my battery is low" or "Tell me what happened today in history." You can also add a "shortcut" icon to your Android home screen for your favorite Routines. Head to the overview screen for Routines in the Google Home app or Assistant Settings and click the "Add to Home Screen" icon in the top app bar," Google said in a blog.

Google Assistant can also provide you exclusive news about the upcoming Oscars award.

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