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Book a ride with the Google Assistant

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When my friends and I are getting ready to head out to dinner, there's always a moment when we stop to ask who is going to order our ride. Now, Google can take care of it. This week, we’re rolling out a new way to easily book ride services with your Google Assistant.


With your Android phone, iPhone, Google Home, or any smart speaker with the Assistant, start by saying, “Hey Google, book a ride to the Bluebird Cafe” or “Hey Google, get me a taxi to Indira Gandhi International Airport.” You will then be given a list of popular ride services to select from, including Uber, Ola, and many more, along with more information on estimated pricing and wait times from each service. If you only want ride options from a single provider, just include their name in your request, for example, “Hey Google, get me an Ola ride to Gateway of India.”


Then grab your phone and tap on your preferred ride service, and the app will open to let you confirm the booking. The feature will be available first in English and any country where one of our supported ride service partners operate. We plan to expand to more languages in the coming months.


If you’re in a hurry and your hands are all tied up, you’ll now be able to use the Assistant to see all your favorite ride services in one place and pick the one that works best for you.

Posted by Vishal Dutta, Product Manager

Start building apps for the Indian Google Assistant

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Whether you’re searching for a great restaurant for biryani, mapping your travels or helping the kids with their homework, your Google Assistant is always ready to help. You can ask about your day or your commute, explore your favorite topics, and get answers to hundreds of small and big questions during your day. But to be truly successful, your Google Assistant should be able to connect you across the apps and services in your life. So starting today, developers and companies can build apps to engage with Indian users through Actions on Google, the developer platform for the Google Assistant. And as a user, you’ll soon be able to access more of your favorite services and content straight through your Google Assistant.
For anyone who wants to build for the Assistant, resources such as developer tools, documentation and a simulator are available on the Actions on Google developer website, making it easy to create, test and deploy apps. Eligible developers will also be invited to join the Google Assistant Developer Community Program to get support for their efforts.


Now that we’re launching the ability for everyone to create apps on the Google Assistant, Indians will soon have easy and fast access to all types of apps. Once an app works with the Assistant, you can just tell your Assistant to connect you with the app of your choice with a simple voice command – whether it’s on eligible Android phones or iPhones. And the best thing? You won’t need to install anything extra, we’ll connect you straight with the app you’d like to interact with. For example, just say “Ok Google, talk to….” to fire up an app.


Stay tuned as local Indian apps rollout soon, and dive in today by trying one of the many apps already available.  

We hope that this growing platform will give more Indians the help they need, at home or on-the-go – from the morning rush hour to the weekend unwind. Together with developers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we look forward to exploring and delivering these new possibilities for the Indian Google Assistant.


Posted by Brad Abrams, Group Product Manager, Google Assistant