Google Assistant Can Now Run on Any Device, Thanks to a New Software Development Kit

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Apr 27, 2017
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Google is currently rolling out Google Assistant to a wider range of compatible Android phones and Android Wear. To extend the feature to more devices, the tech giant today launched a developer preview SDK for Google Assistant that will let it built into third-party devices. The company itself claims that Assistant could be featured on hardware prototypes for stuff like voice-enabled smart mirrors and self-built robots.

Being a developer preview, there a few features like hotword support and companion app integration that are missing. Google touts that its Assistant would work on a wider range of devices that fulfill the necessary requirements. Devices like the Raspberry Pi could be put to initial testing for it.

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In a blog post, Google writes:

The Google Assistant SDK includes a gRPC API, a Python open source client that handles authentication and access to the API, samples, and documentation. The SDK allows you to capture a spoken query, for example, “what’s on my calendar”, pass that up to the Google Assistant service and receive an audio response.

To further assist developers who opt for Assistant on third-party device integration, Google has created a developer community on Google+. This community would allow developers to discuss new ideas and stay updated with new changed made in the developer preview for Assistant. There is also a StackOverflow tag for questions asked along with mailing list that will keep the developers updated with SDK news.

Besides, Google also wants companies that are interested in developing a commercial product to get in touch with it. It also revealed that Android Auto and Android TV would also receive Google Assistant support soon.

This is not the first time when Google has extended its support in the form of an SDK for its product. The company had earlier done the same for Google Cast by letting users stream content to different TVs and speakers without Google hardware. However, the products running Alexa were not allowed to access Google Cast. The tech giant reportedly asked smart device manufacturers to make a choice between Google and Amazon. Now with the open availability of Google Assistant, even Alexa supporting smart devices have a window to integrate Google product with their device.

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