+ Friday September 20th, 2019

Google is clearly gearing up to an announcement with lots of news coming out this week. The launch of the Nest Hub Max in Australia for one, and now it seems Google’s been tinkering with Assistant to improve the way it gives information to Android users. Ahead of a Pixel 4 launch, maybe?

Google says it has been working on ways to make Assistant even better and more useful on the device that’s with you when you go out – your phone. Truth be told, though, this change has been in the pipeline for a while – since April in fact, when we first covered the announcement. Back then, however, the feature hadn’t actually made it to Australia and wouldn’t do for a couple of months.

From today, though, it’s here. Here’s a quick refresher:

This update includes results with cards that clearly present the key information you’re looking for. In addition to a new interface for categories like events, you’ll also get access to useful tools like the tip calculator, metronome music pacer and bubble level. Ask your Assistant for ‘Events in Melbourne” or “Why is grass green?” to check out some of these new responses.

For some questions, the most helpful response might be showing you links to a variety of sources from across the web to learn more. In these cases, you’ll see the full set of search results from the web. When relevant, these results may include the existing ads that you’d see on Search today.

The feature is live in Australia from today – the screenshots above were from my Samsung Galaxy S10+.

Try out some of the new rich-text answers on your phone and let us know what you find that’s unique or interesting!

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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