Assistant Optimized for Google Maps

Assistant Optimized for Google Maps
The new version of Assistant lets drivers remain focused on navigation.

(CCM) — Google has slipped its Assistant into Google Maps in a deliberately low-key way designed to help drivers stay focused on navigation.

The "visually compact" version of Assistant can be activated in Maps by tapping on the microphone icon at the top of the screen, or by saying "OK Google." This results in an Assistant bar sliding up from the bottom of the screen, with the Google Assistant icon and animation, according to a 9to5Google report.

The main feature of this implementation of Assistant is that when users issue commands such as instructing Assistant to dial a phone number, send a text, or play music, the navigation display remains on the screen so that drivers can continue to follow their route without any interruption.

This gets neatly around the problem of drivers missing their turn-off when using Google Maps' navigation and carrying out Assistant-initiated tasks such as making a call.

The new version of Assistant, which Google describes as "having a lower visual profile," is available now in the current Android version 10.4.1 of Google Maps.

It follows hot on the heels of a number of Google Assistant feature launches last week, including broadcast replies and notes/list app integration, the report notes.

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