Google Home App & Google Assistant Now Help You Discover New Commands via Search Box (First and Third Party)
When Google Home was announced last year, the company was trying to catch up in a market that had been dominated by Amazon. Many Google and Android fans rejoiced when the device was finally released and it was actually able to surpass Amazon’s Echo in a number of features (primarily when asking questions). However, trying to figure out which commands worked on the Google Home connected speaker (and even Google Assistant) has not always been the easiest thing to do.
Many Android publications were trying to publish their ‘definitive list’ of commands for the device. While that was a decent attempt at providing a service to the community, many abandoned it and weren’t keeping it updated. Sometimes this was at no fault of their own though because even Google wasn’t maintaining a list of commands that you could do with Google Home. They put up a landing page for it that offered a few commands, and eventually we had some examples included in the Google Home application itself.
Finally though, Google has created a tool within Google Home and Google Assistant that actually helps you discover new commands for the device. To access this search box, open up Google Assistant and tap the blue icon in the top-right corner of the screen. Before, you were stuck with scrolling through a long list of commands to try and find what you needed, but now there’s a new search box within the companion application. You can also search for new commands by tapping the blue icon at the top right of the window when you activate Google Assistant.
Either way, you’ll be greeted with a search box that you can type in. So, for example, if you want to see how Google Assistant and Google Home can interact with lights, simply search for the term “lights” without any quotation marks. You’ll see results from 1st-party and 3rd-party services including Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link and more. This works for other actions and features as well including alarm, temperature, call, etc.
Source: Android Police