With a new makeover to the Assistant on phones, Google says it is making it even easier to get things done regardless of whether you prefer to use your hands, your voice, or a combination of the two. Photo: Google.

CAPE TOWN – Google Assistant is getting a redesign that better integrates touch into the user experience built around voice. 

"The new design combines the best of text and talk on your phone, giving you the relevant information right when you need it. Just ask your Google Assistant for something on your phone, and then you can interact with images, sliders and buttons to get the help you need in a fraction of the time," said Manuel Bronstein the Vice President of Product for Google Assistant. 

The new phone design includes:

  • Bigger visuals that are easy to glance at quickly.
  • New controls and sliders to manage your smart home devices. Use the dials to adjust your lights to the right brightness, or the sliders to control the volume of your smart speaker.
  • An interactive messaging interface so you can use your fingers to add a comma, change a word or make any other quick edits as you compose messages.
  • On Android phones, it’s now easier to access an overview of your day. Open up the Assistant and swipe up on your screen to get curated information based on the time of day and your recent interactions with the Assistant.
  • Developers and brands now have tools to take full advantage of the phone screen. Starbucks now has thumbnails to select from recommended items on their menus, Food Network has larger images of their recipes, and FitStar uses GIFs to give you a preview of your workout.

Although this update is focused on Google Assistant on mobile, Google is increasingly offering smart home devices with screens. 

Alongside the User Interface (UI) changes, Google is also now offering developers the ability to take payments from users directly through the assistant. 

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