Google Assistant has been given an update, linking it with Android's Clock app. Now, when your morning alarm goes off, it can trigger events such as telling you about the weather and traffic for the commute to work, turning on your coffee maker and lights, playing the news and anything else you need to kick start your day.
Automation has come a long way over the last couple of years. Services like <IFTTT have tried to glue together lots of different apps and services but they've always been kind of clunky. It's not that they don't work - they're just too hard to create and troubleshoot.
Google's approach of adding the automation directly into the clock app makes a lot of sense. Many of us already use the Clock app to set our wake up call so adding the actions we want from there is intuitive and easy.
Aussies, you can start your day your way with Google Assistant Routines for the Clock app exclusively on #Android. A simple swipe of your alarm clock starts a set of actions automatically, like turning on your lights and hearing a morning news brief. pic.twitter.com/w4Dey03NGw
— Google Australia NZ (@googledownunder) February 25, 2019
Automation for closing out the day is also coming soon. Google says you'll soon eb able ask the Google Assistant to switch your devices to do not disturb mode with a single command like, “Hey Google, silence my phone.
While these actions seem quite trivial, they can make your morning ritual a little smoother. And, they may even let you get a few minutes of extra sleep in the morning.