Google Assistant, which was earlier limited only to Pixel smartphones and Google Home smart speaker, will soon be available on a whole lot of devices. The company has released ‘Developer Preview’ of Google Assistant to developers, allowing them to implement the AI on any compatible device, including everything from robots to voice-enabled smart mirrors.
The SDK will allow developers to bring the Assistant to any device including a robot, or even a voice-enabled smart mirror. “Today, we’re taking another step towards building out that ecosystem by introducing the developer preview of Google Assistant SDK. With this SDK, you can now start building your own hardware prototypes that include the Google Assistant, like a self-built robot or a voice-enabled smart mirror. This allows you to interact with Google Assistant from any platform,” said Chris Ramsdale, product manager on the company blog post.
Google also said that if developers wish to create a commercial product using Google Assistant SDK, they can reach out to the company on g.co/assistantsdkdev on Google+ or through the developers.google.com/assistant/sdk/interest website.
Speaking to The Verge website, Ramsdale added that if developers want to use the AI on an Android device, they would have to go through the same process smartphone makers go through. He further said that commercial terms for other types of devices will be revealed later this year. “Developers do not currently have to pay a licensing fee to embed the Google Assistant,” he said. Google recently updated its Home device, allowing it to recognize different voices of up to six people. However, all six users can’t talk to Google Home at the same time. In addition, it can still be activated if a seventh person gives a voice command.