Google is adding an important update to the Assistant that will allow you to send reminders to your friends and loved ones. The new functionality according to The Verge, will let you schedule reminders to other people. The person, however, is expected to be a part of an opt-in group of trusted fellow Assistant users.
The new feature is basically designed for families, and will work via the Family Group feature. The essence of this is to enable parents to send reminders to their children and also have reminders pop up on a mobile phone or a Google Assistant-powered Smart Display.
Demonstrating how the process works, Google explained to Nick Statt how a user can create a reminder with either voice or text and set it to show up at a particular time or to pop up when the recipient is at a particular location. The good thing is that you don’t have to keep repeating the process manually as you can set reminder to repeat. You can also check a history of reminders previously sent to users or ones you have received and still have to attend to. With the usual “Hey Google” prompt, you can have all these sorted out—it works the same way as other Google Assistant features.
Just in case you are thinking of using this new feature as a means of constantly bothering your loved ones and friends, Google says you are missing the point. The essence, according to Google, is to send notes of encouragement to loved ones. To ensure that the feature is not abused and in the process lose its purpose and objective, Google will give people the opportunity to block someone—apparently this is added to discourage spamming.
To set up the feature, you will be required to create a Family Group online at families.google.com so you can manage your phone and Smart Display reminders. Only people within your Google Contact list can receive reminders from you. Parents, however, will need to create a privacy-compliant account through the Google Family Link Platform in order for children under 13 to be able to access assignable reminders.
Users in Australia, US, and the UK can expect to start using the assignable reminders from next month—and that basically means it is currently only available in English language.
In other stories, it would interest you to know that Google Assistant can now read and reply to your WhatsApp and Telegram messages. Previously, the Assistant could only read SMS texts, and skipped over several other messages from other apps including WhatsApp, Telegram and the rest of them. The Assistant will now read and also let you answer messages from those apps.
To get started, try saying “read my messages” to the Assistant; but be sure to grant the Google app notification access. A card will then pop up along with the last text message and reads it aloud—and this include the app it is coming from as well as the name of the sender.