Put it all together and Douglas is right: this what actions are available? The question of how Google approach “discovery and promotion,” as Douglas calls it, is also going to unanswered until “early next year.” And so alongside Siri and Alexa, the Google Assistant lives in a weird zone that’s simultaneously more open and less open than app stores.
You can get more information from more places simply by asking, but you can only ask bots that these companies have approved.
There will be app store-like policies in place to prevent things like keyword camping — one developer using another company’s name for their action or another developer trying to jump on owning important keywords like “shopping.” Douglas says that “this is a large reason for there being a review process.
Much of the policy compliance is this process of name selection.
Though the company wouldn’t say when Home and the Google Assistant would be fully open to third-party developers beyond “early next year,” some partners that have already been working with the company could announce new actions in the coming weeks.
The actions will let you ask the speaker a question and then have a chat about it — the example Google gave in October was ordering an Uber, then clarifying you want an Uber XL.
In short, it has to build an assistant ecosystem that can compete with Siri, Alexa, and Cortana.
And beyond that, it needs to ensure that talking to Home is consistent with using the places where users can ask the Google Assistant for answers: Allo and the Pixel.
Despite the fact that the bots were designed to only contact males, they didn’t always function as they should have.
Additionally, the sound bounces off hard surfaces such as walls, creating virtual sound sources and making it difficult to detect its origin.
Playing with the idea of deceitful messages, the speakers in broadcast a series of short audio messages that were used by bots on the dating website Ashley Madison, which I retrieved after the site was hacked.
And since these assistants typically only give you one answer, there’s still the fear that the answer you get will be based on partnerships instead of something more transparent — a new kind of internet bundle.
For Google’s part, that sort of closed-ecosystem is not the goal for the Google Assistant.