Google is recently in the tech headlines for numerous things. It was just on Tuesday that the company unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship smartphones and a few other hardware products. While the industry was focusing on the latest launches from Google, the company has quietly launched the Assistant app on the Play Store.
Don't get too excited as there is a catch. The Google Assistant app does not bring the voice assistant to your phone. It is just a shortcut app that will trigger the Assistant on your phone when it is tapped. To put in other words, this app is just a way to open the Google Assistant on your phone in addition to holding the home button or voicing out the "Ok Google" command.
Going by the Play Store listing of the new Assistant app spotted by AndroidPolice, this app requires your device to meet a few requirements such as Google Search v7.11 or higher and basic memory requirements for it to function. It is said that the app will check the device for the requirements and inform you if your device is not eligible. You can place this app as a shortcut wherever you want on the home screen so that you can call the Assistant quickly.
Notably, this app will work only on those devices those already have the Google Assistant inbuilt. If you install it on a device that does not have the Assistant, then you will not be able to see any effect. While there are other ways to launch the Google Assistant, this is one of the simplest and easiest ways to do so.
At the launch event of the second-generation Pixel smartphones, Google did announce new features those will come to Assistant including Google Assistant Actions for developers to perform payment transactions. The transactions on Assistant has the ability to add items to the cart.