Google Assistant and Calendar combine their reminders and move them to the Google Tasks app. The move will also update Reminders, which has struggled at times since it was first released in 2017.
Merging Assistant’s and calendar’s reminders with tasks should help streamline its functioning by compiling the access points of voice, web, and mobile apps into tasks. The change expands voice control of tasks, allowing Google Assistant users to vocally add a task through their phones and smart speakers and displays. You can see an example in the picture on the right. Anything you want users to remind the voice assistant to do is available in Google Tasks, but in iOS and Android apps, in addition to Google Workspace platforms like Gmail and Drive. If the user specifies a time and date they would like to be reminded, all of these devices will send a notification.
“Bringing Assistant Reminders capabilities to Google Tasks also opens up new and better ways to capture your to-dos with Assistant hands-free. Just say “Hey Google, remind me to call dad every Thursday at 6pm” on your phone or smart display and it will show up in your to-do list as well as Google Calendar,” said Ilya Brown, Google’s vice president of product management . “We continue to invest in Google Tasks and expand its capabilities to help you capture, organize and get everything you need to get done. Pushing reminders on Google Tasks is one step closer to helping people get things done with ease, and we’re so excited to bring it to you.
Google had hinted it was making changes to the pipeline back in June, when it began closing the option to set reminders for other people and bind reminders to a location, both prerequisites for the Assignablenables tool, with where users can set reminders for others based on their location. At the time, Google appeared to be hinting that it could replace them with rumored memory tech, which makes Google Assistant remember and organize its data. That seems less likely now, but the rearranged software fits Google’s overall state of mind for trying to make speech AI more efficient.
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