It’s been a long time coming, but the Google Assistant has now added support for third party note apps such as Google Keep and three other services such as Any.Do, AnyList and Bring!
Currently, the Google Assistant currently the generic ability to take notes and lists by voice, which is fine, however being such barebones ability and not able to have a mobile or web client available to save these notes somewhere means it can be a bit redundant.
This new integration will now see users like yourself enter information verbally either through your smartphones, smart displays, and speakers be stored in your app of choice.
To set this up, all you will need to do is to visit the Google Assistant’s settings to connect your preferred note/list client app of choice. Under the ‘services’ tab, you will need to select the ‘Notes and Lists’ menu to select and initiate the third-party integration. Once completed, any notes or lists you create through the Google Assistant will be save to either Google Keep, Any.Do, AnyList or Bring!
Given this integration was originally launched at Google’s I/O event back in 2018, it has taken a while for this new function to be made available to users.
It was originally slated to have six other different participating providers, but we guess its better late than never.
However, it is important to note that Google will not move over existing notes and lists to those third-party apps, and will instead remain with the Google Assistant notes system/provision. This new function is now rolling out overnight to users and given it is the holiday season, the Google Assistant now has holiday themed commands available which include:
- “Create a holiday gift list.”
- “Add Stadia to my holiday gift list.”
- “Add cranberries to my grocery list.”
- “Take a note.”
- “Show me my notes.”
Additionally, the Google Assistant can already find your photos by location and date. You can then ask the Assistant on Android to “share these photos with [x]” for a feature which is somewhat reminiscent of the Pixel 4’s new Assistant.
Furthermore, there is also a new function to search for shows to listen to with Google Podcasts. For example, you can ask the Google Assistant to find a podcast on Christmas/holiday cooking or to find shows relating to New Years resolutions.
If you prefer one of these note and list apps head head into Google Assistant settings and change over to them now.