Finally, Google Assistant has been granted access to the Calendar app on your phone. Google made the announcement today where the tech giant also announced that the assistant is also coming to G Suite. Wednesday’s announcement coincided with Google’s Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.
“Your Google Assistant already helps with your personal life, but now when you sign in and switch to your G Suite account, you can easily use your Assistant to help you prepare for the work day, too,” a statement on the G Suite site explained.
According to the company, those who have G Suite accounts can start testing with Assistant from last Wednesday. Once you are signed in with a G Suite account, and your Google Calendar app synchronized as well, you can proceed to ask Assistant to tell you the date of your next meeting. This works across platforms—mobile and desktop to be precise.
Please note that this only works with Google Assistant that is synchronized with your work account. What that means is that it won’t work with assistant synched with your personal account since it is only an enterprise feature for businesses that use G Suite.
Last year, Google Calendar became the latest of Google’s growing lists of apps to welcome the new Material interface. The app is in good company as prestigious apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps and the likes have all had their turn in the past.
Noticeably, the gray tones are now gone, while the floating action button now spots a more colorful Google-themed “plus” icon. In line with the new Material theme, the font and the icons are now in line.
In other Assistant-related news, ads, it seems are coming to Google Assistant on Android with Google set to make the powerful assistant more interesting with better visual responses. What that means is that when next you ask the assistant a question, you going to get responses that show the standard Google Search layout. I am sure you know what that means—it responses will not only look like what you have in Google Search, but with ads as well.
Going forward, all responses will look exactly like what you would usually see if you query a search from your mobile browser. Prior to the latest tweak, the assistant would show a pared-down version in response to your queries.
While this minor tweak makes the assistant more attractive to users, it has a downside—you will start seeing ads. Maybe a few ads to kick off the new layout, but there are chances that Google may increase the number of ads as time goes on.
Google Assistant still won’t be able to provide you with complete answers to some of your search queries, but will instead show you links to various sources so you can learn more.