Google app 7.25 beta hints at Google Assistant for Households and email on Google Home, prepares custom routines and custom search widget

Google app 7.25 beta hints at Google Assistant for Households and email on Google Home, prepares custom routines and custom search widget

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Google app 7.25 beta has started rolling-out to users on the Play Store. The release of version 7.25 of the app comes only a week after the release of version 7.24. As usual, there are no user-facing changes to be found. However, an APK teardown of the app (via 9to5Google) hints at an “Google Assistant for Households” feature. Users may soon be able to have email notifications on the Google Home as well, and there are new strings for unlinking Duo accounts. Also, Google is working on custom routines and a custom search widget. Let’s take a look at the changes:

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by Google in a future build.


Google Assistant for Households

At present, Google Assistant can be used by different members of a family. However, they must each use their separate Google accounts. Google is now developing a shared version of Assistant called “Google Assistant for Households,” although its differentiating features are unknown at this point. The string for the upcoming feature has a generic description: “You and your household are a team. Your Google Assistant can now treat you like one, helping you work and play together.”

Here are the relevant strings:

<string name="assistant_settings_household_setup_splash_screen_button_label”>Continue</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_household_setup_splash_screen_subtitle”>You and your household are a team. Your Google Assistant can now treat you like one, helping you work and play together.</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_household_setup_splash_screen_title”>Google Assistant for Households</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_household_title”>Your Household</string>

Email on the Google Home

As 9to5Google notes, Google made an announcement that Google Home would soon add notifications for reminders, flight updates, and traffic updates back at I/O 2017. Strings in version 7.25 beta of the Google app show that “personal results” will allow users’ voice to get their email, calendar, help with payments, and more on their device. “Get their email” implies that users will be access email notifications. Here are the relevant strings:

<string name="personal_results_action_button”>Turn on</string>
<string name="personal_results_cancel_button”>No Thanks</string>
<string name="personal_results_explanation”>"Voice Match is set up on your Assistant speaker. Now you can turn on personal results so you can use your voice to get your email, calendar, help with payments, and more on this device. You can turn off personal results in Assistant settings.”</string>
<string name="personal_results_title”>Get personal results with Voice Match</string>

Custom routines in Google Assistant

Routines in Google Assistant finally launched a few weeks ago. However, custom routines still haven’t been enabled. New strings in Google app 7.25 beta show that users will be able to change the order of actions in a particular custom routine. Here are the strings for the same:

<string name="user_defined_action_reorder_description”>Drag to change the order of actions in this routine.</string>
<string name="user_defined_action_reorder_title”>Change order</string>

Custom search widget

Previous Google app versions have hinted that Google is developing a custom search widget that allows users to edit its appearance. When the feature goes live, users will need to go to Google App menu > Customize widget, or Google App settings > Widget > Customize your widget to edit the appearance of the search widget. Here are the relevant strings:

<string name="swc_drawer_content”>Go to Google App menu > Customize widget</string>
<string name="swc_settings_content”>Go to Google App settings > Widget > Customize your widget</string>
<string name="customize_feed”>Customize Feed</string>
<string name="customize_widget_summary”>Edit the appearance of your homescreen search widget</string>
<string name="customize_widget_title”>Customize your widget</string>

Unlink Duo account

We have known for long that eventually, users will be able to link their Google account with Google Duo. Version 31 of Duo has started rolling out, and it contains a setup screen for linking users’ Google account. The feature doesn’t actually work yet, but when it goes live for all users, they will be able to unlink their Duo account as well. This will mean that they will no longer be able to start or receive calls on Duo.

<string name="assistant_settings_duo_calls_edit_phone_number_key">edit-phone-number-preference-key</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_duo_calls_edit_phone_number_title">Phone number</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_duo_calls_unlink_duo_key">unlink-duo-preference-preference-key</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_duo_calls_unlink_duo_title">Unlink Duo account</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_duo_calls_unlink_duo_warning_dialog_summary">You will no longer be able to start or receive calls on Duo</string>
<string name="assistant_settings_duo_calls_unlink_duo_warning_dialog_title">Unlink Duo account?</string>

Alpha and beta channels

The first string describes a notification that lets users know that they are testing an early version of the app which may not have been subject to the usual policy and security reviews.

The second string notes that by being invited to try new features before they are publicly available, you as a user permit the developer to identify you and your use of the app “in some cases”. Here is the relevant string:

<string name="alpha_beta_channel_alpha_channel_notification">Note: This is an early test version of the app and may not have been subject to usual policy and security reviews.</string>
<string name="alpha_beta_channel_close_channel_description”>You’ve been invited to try new features before they’re publicly available. By proceeding you are agreeing that the developer can identify you and your use of the app in some cases.”</string>

Google Assistant smart displays get new functionality

Quartz is the code-name for the software platform that powers smart displays which have the Google Assistant. In version 7.25 beta of the Google app, they can now see related images; use the contact picker; see images, map as well as interior street view and panorama of restaurants.

<string name="quartz_image_search_related_image_description">Related image</string>
<string name="quartz_ganache_start_cooking_label">Start cooking</string>
<string name="quartz_contact_picker_item_title">Pick a contact</string>
<string name="quartz_local_place_detail_image_tile_content_description”>Images of the restaurant</string>
<string name="quartz_local_place_detail_map_tile_content_description”>Map of the restaurant</string>
<string name="quartz_local_place_detail_street_view_tile_content_description”>Interior street view panorama of the restaurant</string>

Using previous recordings of child’s Voice Match to create voice model on a different device

<string name="hotword_enrollment_google_home_fast_update_unicorn_header_title">"The Assistant can already recognize your child's voice"</string>
<string name="hotword_enrollment_google_home_fast_update_unicorn_progress_summary">"It looks like you've already set up Voice Match with your child's Google Assistant on another device.
These previous recordings can be used to make a voice model on this device. This should take less than a minute."</string>
<string name="hotword_enrollment_google_home_no_enrollment_found_toast_msg">Please finish hotword enrollment for account %1$s first.</string>

These new strings let users know that Assistant already recognizes their child’s voice. It will also inform them that previous recordings of their child’s Google Assistant on another device can be used to make a voice model on this device, and it should take “less than a minute”.

Miscellaneous

<string name="autoplay_video_description">Autoplaying video preview, double tap to play full video.</string>

This string lets users know that an autoplay video is being played, and informs them they can double tap to play the full video.

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