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Tips & Tricks: Android

Google Assistant isn’t far behind if you want a quick go-over of your flight or hotel booking. Though it can’t plan out a vacation for you it can go as far as checking schedules and details.

A simple ask like ‘When’s my next flight’ will reveal the details to you.

It works by parsing your Gmail and if it contains any flight or car rental details, it would lay them out.

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Tips & Tricks: Android Flip a Coin

Talking about all things smart, if you ever find yourself at crossroads then let Assistant make it easy for you.

Along with some tinkling sounds, it will spill out the result in seconds. Arriving at a decision at your hand (err…on your smartphone) was never this easy.

Tips & Tricks: Android Block Calendar

Surely, you must know that IFTTT helps to whip up wonderful recipes and it has some amazing ones for Google Assistant as well. Tasks such as posting a Facebook status or changing the color of your Philips Hue lights can be accomplished with a couple of commands.

Another short and simple recipe is blocking a slot on Google calendar. Head over to IFTTT and search for Google Assistant. Once there, tap on the Block calendar recipe and activate it.

Tips & Tricks: Android Maps

Need to pull out the driving directions to Taj Mahal? I know, I know, Google Maps serve the purpose, but how about even a smoother approach than that?

All you have to say ‘directions to Taj Mahal’ and it’ll show the directions, without the need to type in a single word. Cool, right? The same is true for pulling out maps and location information for scores of places.

Tips & Tricks: Fetch Photos Seamlessly with Android

Google Assistant takes his job seriously, even when it’s hunting a set of pictures that you took way back in 2015. Yep, you read that right. What essentially works for this tool is that all the other Google apps are integrated seamlessly. So in this particular instance, when you ask it to fetch the pictures, it queries Google Photos and brings out the result to you.

You can even put in a filter for it to fetch pictures from a particular place or even of specific people. Of course, you need to have people labeled in the Google Photos app in the first place.

Tips & Tricks: Android Create Shopping List

Remembering the exact items in a shopping list can be quite a task. On a typical day, I can remember only half of it. Not blessed with the greatest memory, you see. If this drill sounds similar, worry not, Google Assitant has a cool trick up its sleeves.

All you have to say ‘Create a shopping list’ and if you have Google Keep installed, it will open and start taking notes of your commands.
The setting for this tip is under Assistant Settings > Shopping List.

Tips & Tricks: Android Read and Send Messages

Google Assistant doesn’t just send messages with ease, it can also read messages with equal ease. All you have to do is say something along the lines of “read the text messages for today”. What’s more, you can even use the same conversation to reply to one of them.

This feature can be extended to Whatsapp, email clients and other messaging services also that is set on your phone by default.

Tips & Tricks: Read and Send Messages Android

Google Assistant doesn’t just send messages with ease, it can also read messages with equal ease. All you have to do is say something along the lines of “read the text messages for today”. What’s more, you can even use the same conversation to reply to one of them.

Tips & Tricks: Android Daily Briefing

The assistant knows its job really well, for it doesn’t just open doors for you (read unlock the phone), it can also play a great role in giving you a daily briefing. Depending on the time of the day, Assistant will neatly wrap up the day with briefs about the weather, reminders, and news in a simple format.

Tips & Tricks: Android Google Assistant

Smart lock is one of the key features that make any Android phone what it is. And what if you can take it a bit further? Say Hi to the smart voice unlock.

Using this feature, you can unlock your phone with a voice command and then it’ll come to life. Head over to Settings > Security and tap on the smart lock option. Once inside, tap on trusted voice and set up the Assistant to recognize your voice. Ta-Da, you’re done.