Google is launching a major overhaul of how you create and edit Assistant Routines, while at the same time adding the ability for these macros to be automatically invoked at sunrise or sunset.
As before, Routines are accessible either from the Google Home app or from Assistant Settings. The former entrance has recently been renovated, and the latter is now receiving similar treatment. The new list contains an oval FAB, which is located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Instead of specifying the default “ready-made” macros, Google only has two sections for “Your routines” – each accompanied by new icons – and the newly launched “Your shortcuts” to quickly access key features in Android apps.
By creating a “New Routine”, you will be greeted with a very simple page divided into two sections. Users first specify “How to get started”, with the voice command and time setting unchanged from before. However this last starter can now be replaced with “Sunrise / Sunset.”
After specifying a location – based on the existing home / work addresses, you can determine if the Routine starts up exactly at sunrise / sunset or between 15 minutes to 4 hours after / before.
The next step is action. Google has a new “Choose What to Do Routine” page, which first gives an advanced list of categories / skills. Diving into one offers the same command as before.
By editing an existing Routine, Assistant now better emphasizes how you can control the call order by numbering each item. There is also a carousel of “Proposed Actions” below to do more.
Google has modernized the look of Assistant’s most powerful feature and made it less overwhelming for new users. The last renewal of this function took place in September last year. After a phased launch over the weekend, this redesign of Google Assistant Routines is widely launched on Android and iOS (Home app).
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