Actions on Google opens to the public, developers now free to create custom voice actions for Google assistant

Actions on Google opens to the public, developers now free to create custom voice actions for Google assistant

by Cody Toombs, Android Police

The Google assistant makes for a pretty awesome companion on the Pixel phones and Google Home, but it’s still young and feels constrained by the very limited number of things it can do outside of Google’s sandbox of supported services. During the October 4th announcement, Google declared plans to open up the platform in early December for developers to build their own services. Staying true to that schedule, the Actions on Google platform opened the door today, allowing developers to integrate their services. Google is also launching an early access program to begin testing new features and upcoming expansions.

Google is already working with an assortment of partners to bring new Conversation Actions, including news organizations like The Wall Street Journal and CNN, utility services like Todoist and WebMD, and even food service companies like Domino’s Pizza. This list is still pretty short, but as more developers gain access, we should see some pretty rapid growth.

Two samples are already available: Number Genie and Eliza, but there are surely going to be hundreds or thousands of new actions fairly soon. There’s no need to install Skills like you would with Alexa, the actions are simply available by name. Users can access custom actions by saying something like “Ok Google, talk to Number Genie.” Strangely, the voice changes when you’re interacting with custom actions.

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