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TechnologyGoogle Assistant comes to Waze for easier reporting, less distraction

17:37  10 june  2019
17:37  10 june  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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One area of Google Assistant that is getting some love is driving and Waze . Google I/O 2019 is running at top speed as announcements are coming in hot. The Google Assistant portion of the event just wrapped up and there were a number of very exciting features show off.

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Google Assistant comes to Waze for easier reporting, less distraction© CNET

Trying to report everything while driving can be a monumentally distracting task.

Google Assistant is a great way to cut down on distraction behind the wheel by letting its voice recognition take care of certain tasks. It's already been around on Google Maps , helping people get where they're going, and now, it'll head to Waze.

Google announced on Monday that it will start rolling out Google Assistant integration on Waze. It's only available in the US and in English for now, and it's unclear if Google aims to expand its availability in future updates. It's also limited to Android phones , so iOS Waze users are out of luck here.

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Note that “OK Waze ” will be available only when Waze is running and in the foreground. In this scenario, Google Assistant (“OK Google ") or Siri will not be functional.

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Part of the update will allow Waze users to give Google Assistant specific commands. People can say "Hey Google, report traffic" or "Hey Google, avoid tolls," and it'll act just as if you tapped your way to the same conclusion on the screen. This way, hands stay on the wheel, but Waze's renowned crowd-sourced information will be as fleshed out as ever.

Google Assistant will also help people get other tasks done without having to leave Waze's app. Commands such as making phone calls or playing certain songs can be done just as easily by calling out "Hey, Google."

This will be a huge benefit for those who regularly use Waze while driving. But, if you're not one of the lucky few to be part of this very specific rollout, there are other ways to minimize distraction behind the wheel. Android Auto is available on both certain head units and Android phones without a head unit, running a simplified layout that focuses on accomplishing tasks quickly and easily. iOS users can still run Waze in Apple CarPlay , too.

Nokia's new budget phone has a dedicated Google Assistant button.
HMD Global has announced a new affordable Nokia smartphone after launching a five-camera flagship and a bunch of low-to-mid end devices just a few months ago at MWC. The Nokia 2.2 is part of the company's Android One family of devices and will ship loaded with Android Pie. Once Android Q comes out, the phone will be able to run it, as well. The device also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button users can press to summon the voice AI. HMD Global released phones with the button in the past, and by the looks of things, we might see it more often in its future devices. Nokia 2.2 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek A22 CPU chipset and has a 5.

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