+ Monday January 20th, 2020
Source: Android Police

Now that the new Google Assistant has arrived in Australia it is fun finding all the new features that are available to us. One of them that has surfaced to day is that it can be used to control Chrome on the Pixel 4.

Android Police have shown off the new broad actions that Google Assistant can perform inside Chrome on a Pixel 4. The actions can be enabled simply by turning on (enabling) the flag in: chrome://flags/#direct-actions

Source: Android Police

Once enabled the actions able to be performed include:

  • Open a new tab
  • Close this tab
  • Close all tabs
  • Go back
  • Go forward
  • Reload
  • Bookmark this page
  • Open history
  • Open downloads

Android Police were unable to get the Help or Preferences actions to work but were able to demonstrate the rest of them. What the integration does is shows developers how they can implement Google Assistant control into their apps to give their apps another way to control them.

There are most likely not many times you would perform these actions but having the option there is handy for those times that you are unable to navigate the phone with your hands.

To be honest I can’t imagine this taking off aside from an occasional use — imagine all the people talking to their phones if this became commonplace. What do you think?

Source: Android Police.

Scott Plowman   Editor


Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.

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