In the past, if you decided that you want to ask Google verbally to set a timer, it would set an alarm instead (though with the correct timing). It’s not always the most convenient to set an alarm, especially when there is an option in the stock Android clock for a timer.
Finally, these voice commands correctly redirect to set a timer. We’ve been able to independently verify this, and although we don’t know how long this has been in effect exactly, it is a welcome feature for sure. We’re just pleased that we did not have to wait on an app update (or even a full OS update) to change this.