If you’re on the list for beta updates to the Google app, a new version should have rolled out to you in the last day or so. We haven’t seen any new features or notable changes yet, but there are quite a few interesting bits worthy of a teardown. There’s a sign that rumors about an “Assistant” key on some new Chromebooks may be true and we may finally get to ask the Assistant to name songs again, among other things. As usual, we’ve got the apk linked at the bottom if you’d like to pick it up without waiting for an update to hit your device.
The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, don’t expect to see these features if you install the apk.
There should be little doubt that Google would bring Assistant to Chrome OS, eventually. It would be pretty weird to put Assistant on phones, speakers, watches, set top boxes, and even release an SDK for adding it to various other types of hardware, but not put it on the laptop OS – almost as weird as leaving it off tablets… In fact, a previous teardown of the Google app already…
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