Google Assistant gains IFTTT support for dozens of custom voice commands

Google’s two-way conversational personal assistant is no joking matter. While it still needs to prove its practical worth in a very crowded, very competitive industry segment against beloved veterans like Alexa, Cortana and Siri, early Pixel phone adopters can probably attest to its quick progresses.

Just a few short months after initial I/O demos, Google Assistant is gearing up for next week’s launch of the Google Home smart speaker, already gaining IFTTT “recipe” integration before it also exits Allo’s preview mode.

With IFTTT, aka “If This Then That”, on Pixel and Google Home devices, you can now create new custom voice commands to really start experiencing the innovative Assistant’s virtually unlimited power and versatility.

By simply connecting to the Google Assistant IFTTT channel, you get advanced voice controls over Phillips Hue wireless lighting systems, Samsung air purifiers, Samsung robot vacuums, Rachio smart sprinklers, as well as a number of popular productivity and social apps.

A phrase like “Ok Google, bedtime” will turn off your Hue lights, for instance, while “Ok Google, party time” triggers a fun color loop in the same intelligent bulbs. But IFTTT also lets you add a task to Todoist with just your voice, post to Facebook or Twitter, find your phone, add a Google contact, switch off the TV, create a note on Evernote, send Skype messages, arm the Scout Alarm system, and so much more. The AI future is (almost) here.

Source: IFTTT

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