Google Assistant can now help you find a plumber and other handymen

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Credit: https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/get-local-help-from-your-google-assistant/

An update that will gladden the hearts of millions of users of Google’s powerful assistant has been announced. Google Assistant can now help you find a handyman including an electrician, a plumber, house cleaner and more.

“No matter what questions you’re asking—whether about local traffic or a local business—your Google Assistant should be able to help. And starting today, it’s getting better at helping you, if you’re looking for nearby services like an electrician, plumber, house cleaner and more,” Product Lead Google Assistant Gummi Hafsteinsson said

If you are already familiar with the way Google Assistant works, then getting yourself familiar with this latest addition won’t be a problem. To find a plumber for example, all you are required to say is: “Ok Google, find me a plumber” to your Assistant on either your Android phone or iPhone or voice activated speaker. Google Assistant will then ask you a few follow up questions and you’ll get a list of some local options nearby.

Some providers have already been prescreened by Google, HomeAdvisor and Porch which pretty much answers the question of security. Not all cities within the US have been covered though; but not to worry because the assistant will let you know this, and will even provide you with nearby results.

A couple of weeks ago, Google equipped the Assistant on Pixel 2 and 2 XL with the extra ability to troubleshoot on your phone. The update was first spotted by a reader on Android Police. The reader was able to find out about the new addition after asking the powerful Assistant why his phone wasn’t charging fully.

Much to the surprise of the user, the troubleshooting process was immediately initiated, leading to a conversation between Google Assistant and Artem [the user]. The conversation below was recreated by Artem, and shows exactly the extent of conversation that took place while the troubleshooting lasted.

The Assistant then ran a battery health check and closely looked for any apps installed on the phone that might be leading to battery drain. In the end, the Assistant was unable to come up with an immediate solution to the issue leading to battery drain on Artem’s phone, but nevertheless offered to connect the user to Google Support, either by phone or chat.

Google is sure proving to everyone that the list of what its Assistant can’t do is exhausted—at least not anytime soon. This is one addition that could prove very useful for a lot of us.

The conversation Artem had with the Assistant was quite revealing too—it also showed that besides being able to run a health check on your battery, Google Assistant can also run diagnostic checks on camera and Bluetooth connectivity. If you live outside the US and still can’t get the Assistant to do some or any of these things on your phone, then it might probably be exclusive to users in the US. I haven’t tried it yet as I don’t have a Pixel phone, then it might probably be exclusive to users in the US.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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