‘Spotlights’ may change Assistant strategies

As Google’s concentrate on synthetic intelligence turns in the direction of making use of it for formidable, big-picture targets, the corporate has type of fallen out of affection with its Assistant nameplate for the little bits of assist customers get out of the Google model. Google Assistant on the net has primarily come undone. Now, it seems like there’s one other place the place Assistant has ceased to exist and that’s Google Messages.


When drafting a message in a thread, you’d discover the Assistant emblem on a couple of auxiliary companies situated throughout the + menu, together with Climate, Eating places, and Films. Not anymore: these icons are actually gone.

Want one other instance? The place within the Ideas part of the app’s settings you’d discover Google Assistant making strategies (duh) on what to reply with primarily based on conversational context, these 4 little Google-colored dots now not seem. These strategies embrace such data talked about above — locations to eat, what the climate’s like in a sure location, and what to see on the cinema.

Moreover, evidently a substitute for Google Assistant’s strategies is within the pipeline as 9to5Google has surfaced settings pages for “Spotlights.” They appear to do the very same factor that Assistant strategies did, however we do see an additional toggle right here in terms of integrating location data into these strategies.

No phrase on if and when this switch-out will swing into motion, however mark this down as one other slope within the decline of Google Assistant’s prominence.