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Google Assistant For Chromebooks Draws Near

Last October, Google’s Pixelbook launched as harbinger for what will be the next evolution of Chrome OS devices. With it, we witnessed the first Chromebook with the Google Assistant built in and a physical Assistant key to boot.

Months prior to its launch, we uncovered the evidence of the Assistant’s debut on Chrome OS and have even found traces of Google’s little helper being supported on devices apart from the Pixelbook.

Needless to say, when news began to spread this week that the Assistant is landing behind a new feature flag on Chrome OS, it came as no surprise.

XDA Developers dug up a commit adding the Assistant feature in the form of a flag in the Chromium repository. Digging deeper into the commit, we find that the feature will be disabled by default and will be paired with a voice interaction function that will also be switched off until enabled by the user.

There has been some speculation that this feature will be at the discretion of the OEM but that tends to break away from Google’s normal policy of Chromebooks being the same across the board.

More likely, this flag will stay disabled by default while developers work out the kinks. Then, like the Play Store, users will be prompted to activate the Assistant on their devices if they so choose to do so.

I’ll be poking around the Canary channel to see if I can get the Assistant up and running on a device and will report back as soon as we can update.

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Source: XDA

Gabriel Brangers

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  • On the pixelbook in Enterprise enrollment I found that the gsuite apps do not communicate with the assistant .I spoke with Google on this and Google said that currently it is not supported.

    • It's sad, isn't it? The lack of G Suite integration does mean my G Suite-powered calendar is private and not accessible via a Google Home device :p

      • Yeah ... They told me that the assistant is not Android based on chrome os as it is built into the os . There is some sort of licensing issues was their excuse. Hopefully they can clear this up otherwise enterprises can't use the feature and will choose not to buy the devices that support it and choose the cheaper machines .

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