Google is finally catching up with Amazon’s skills directory, and it’s about time. For a company who is the king of search and has extensive experience with running an app store on the web, it took far too long for this to happen.
Before today, if you wished to discover what services were compatible with Assistant you had to use the Explore section in the Home app. It’s a section that doesn’t exactly jump out at you to let you know what it’s for and probably one that most have never bothered to check. Browsing for supported services through the Home app was not the most convenient way to find new ways Assistant can help you, nor was it the easiest way to share them with friends or family.
Finally, Google has caught up with a directory of their own for all of the supported services and devices for Assistant. Thanks to this new directory, browsing, searching, and sharing new services has become much easier. It is also a great way to check to see if a service or device is supported before grabbing a new Assistant device.
Whether you’re looking for a game to play with friends, a white noise service to help you sleep, or just want to know if your smart device is supported, the new directory has you covered. This is fantastic news for all of these new Assistant speakers and smart displays we’re seeing come out of CES this year, such as the ones from JBL, Klipsch, and Lenovo.