Tech News: Google Assistant can fill your payment info for your next order.
Google continues to roll out new features for Assistant when a number of them are ready and today announced a series of updates for Spring 2021. Considering the more we order takeaway and stay at home, these revolve around simplifying the checkout process for restaurants. and simplifying the automation of your smart home.
Google uses its Duplex AI technology to update restaurant information in Maps, and when we went out, even more so, it also helped users make reservations over the phone. This week, Duplex will help you complete your payments when you place your order from the website of a restaurant. You must first search for the restaurant on the Google app on Android, tap “Order online” and select your items. When you are ready to pay and if you are in one of Google’s partner restaurants, the Assistant “will automatically switch to site and enter your contact and payment details stored in Google Pay and synchronized with Chrome Autofill “.
Of course, if you’re already using services like GrubHub, Uber Eats, Seamless, or Postmates, this might not be much cheaper. But for restaurants that have partnered with Google and are not on one of the more popular delivery platforms, this can greatly simplify the checkout process. Also, you don’t have to give your payment details to another platform, and Google doesn’t have to save them in its memory. This feature is currently available in a select number of restaurant chains, and the company says it plans to add more properties in the US later this year.
iPhone even users with Google’s smart home devices can expect something new. This week, you can ask the assistant’s screens or speakers “Find my phone” and it will ping the lost device. Although it was already available for Android devices, the implementation for iOS was clunky and required the assistant to call your phone number. It wasn’t really a native experience. The iPhone with the Google Home app installed and notifications enabled they will now receive a notification and a call, even if they are off or set to Do Not Disturb.
The rest of this week’s assistant updates are mostly about routines. Today, Google is introducing a new sunrise or sunset routine that allows you to tailor a series of actions to local time in the morning or evening. Some other services, like Belkin’s Wemo, have had the ability to sync lights to the daily sunset or sunrise schedule for years, but Google offers more features.
To encourage you to set up more routines, the company adds a new section in the Ready routines section of the Home app to highlight popular sequences. You can see what other users have set up in their homes, so you can implement (or rip off) the ones you like. Routine updates are now available worldwide.