Google Assistant is an indispensable help for some Android users, but it is surprisingly absent on another very common category of devices: desktop PCs.
Google’s heavily promoted voice command service has no official desktop presence, not even through the Chrome browser, which even Amazon Alexa knows how to do (for users in some parts of the world). Google still has no indication that it intends to change this situation, so some developers have taken on the challenge of creating a client Google Assistant surogat, especially for PCs and laptops.
Certainly, the reason why Google hasn’t already done this is easy to guess: it’s more efficient to use your mouse and keyboard to do various things on your desktop. Even Microsoft understood this, gradually withdrawing integration for Cortana Assistant.
Things are probably different on Chrome OS devices, which use an operating system not as powerful as Windows, but which is fully under Google’s control. So, even if you don’t really need Assistant services, Google can certainly think of some relevant usage scenarios
Apparently, the inspiration for developer Melvin Abraham also came from Chrome OS, which created what Google refuses to consider.
Surprisingly, the unofficial Google Assistant desktop interface is surprisingly good, according to the experiences of those who had the courage to try it. It looks like a hybrid between the Google Assistant version for smartphones and the version for smart displays, but with keyboard and customization support. However, there are still some things missing, such as on-screen controls for smart devices in the home.
By far, the biggest drawback of the unofficial version of Google Assistant for PC is the configuration process. While the application itself can be downloaded and installed relatively easily, the setup requires 13 steps, covered in a detailed guide provided by the developer. Complicated to regular users, the process is an inevitable consequence of the lack of direct support from Google. In addition, this application may not work for a long time. Its developer used the Google Assistant API in unintentional ways by Google, the American company can intervene at any time to block it. Meanwhile, Google Assistant fans who want to experiment with its features on the PC are free to do so, if they have some free time and availability to ignore any bugs.
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