Google Assistant is getting an updated UI for mobile devices

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Today, Assistant is getting a full touch makeover.

Google Assistant, first introduced with the Pixel phones in 2016, is the evolution of Google's artificial intelligence. Experiences with brands has also changed; Google says both they and developers have new tools for fully utilizing a phone's screen. It will showcase new controls and sliders that will help users in managing their smart home devices.

Google said in a blog post that almost half of the interactions with Assistant include both voice and touch, which is why it'll make the texting-to-Assistant experience a lot better than before. Part on-demand, part push notifications, and a bunch of "we know you better than you know you", Google Assistant manages your calendar, searches, contacts, commutes, and so much more. You can now use a simple slider to change the volume of your smart speaker or the amount of light coming from your dimmable lamp.

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The Google Assistant brings an interactive messaging interface, with which people can use their fingers to add a comma, change a word, or make any other quick edits while composing messages. This new visual refresh will make it easier to get things done when you are using your hands, your voice, or a combination of the two.

Finally, Google Assistant will now work better for brands which want to use Assistant features. Starbucks could include images of recommended menu items, for example, and a workout app could show you GIF previews of exercises.

Google Assistant is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes. That means users will be able to interact with Assistant-enabled devices to purchase subscriptions and in-app transactions by using only their voice. With Assistant open, just swipe up-this will open the Overview interface, with information about your day and your recent Assistant commands.