Google rolls out new Assistant features to Wear OS

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Google's new investment programme for startups to make its Assistant smarter

There are over 1 million Actions that users can use on their smartwatches, which are powered by Google's Wear OS.

Google Assistant uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to get to know users over time, based on their behavior patterns and preferences.

"Google Assistant combines a whole suite of advanced technologies into a robust platform well suited for practicing speaking", Edwin CEO Dmitry Stavisky wrote on Medium in announcing Google's investment.

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In its current state, Google Assistant on the wrist is good at the basics, but more detailed questions are best reserved for your phone or Google Home. This includes Android TVs with Google Assistant and TVs with attached Chromecast devices.

The number of smart home devices that can work with Google Assistant is also expected to grow even further in the coming months.

Interested companies and startups that have big ideas and are interested in partnering with the Google Assistant team can reach out to apply through this Google Assistant investment form.

Unlike Alphabet's investment arms, this program will be more focused on strategically bolstering company's smart assistant network in order to make its own devices more attractive against the likes of Amazon, rather than maximizing returns and gaining profits. And Microsoft last month announced plans to invest $5 billion in internet-of-things technology over the next four years.

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Just like before, simply hold the power button or say "Hey Google", then ask away.

"BotSociety" startup has created a tool that allows developers to design, prototype and user test voice interfaces.

Interested companies can contact Google through an online form.

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