What has been found, specifically is the ability for apps to create their own tasks in Android’s activity manager. This will allow 3rd party apps to invoke Google Assistant and use its abilities without leaving the app itself.
Similar to Chrome Webview (which allows apps to have Chrome as their bundled web content viewer), this addition will make interacting with Assistant inside different apps a much more seamless activity.
This change could bring many more users to Google Assistant. Think about Allo, where you can use Google Assistant inline right in the conversation. I can’t begin to think how app developers will leverage this, but I’m sure it will get interesting.
One thing to keep in mind is this change potentially opens the door to other assistants as well. Android actually lets you choose your assistant of choice, be it Alexa or Cortana or Google, so this also means those assistants could be roped into apps as well.
As we’ve seen recently, Google is bringing Assistant not only to Chome OS, but to the Chrome browser across all platforms, so this all seems to be pointing to the continued expansion of Google Assistant in as many places as possible.
We’re still in the early days of seeing where Google Assistant can go, but it seems Google has the pedal to the floor in getting Assistant just about everywhere possible.