Google Assistant wants to lend a hand during the hectic holidays

Joanna Estrada
December 7, 2019

In 2017, Google seriously limited the usefulness of Google Assistant shopping lists when it took away Google Keep integration and instead forced the feature into Google Express, Google's online-shopping-focused Amazon Prime clone. Those lists and notes will sync across any Assistant-enabled devices, including Smart Displays. As you pull the jug of milk out of the fridge and realize it's a little light, just give a quick "Hey Google, add milk to my shopping list", and the little voice box on the kitchen counter will dutifully jot down that you need more milk. If you're creating a new list, you can say something like "Hey Google, create a holiday gift list", whereas if you already have a list created, you can add to it by saying "Hey Google, add bread to my shopping list", or something similar. Today, Google says that they are giving it another shot. If you just want to see notes, you can ask for that too. That was a nice start, but then Google chose to move the shopping list to the Home app with integration for Google Express (now Google Shopping). You can set it up by opening the Assistant settings and finding "Notes and Lists" in the "Services" tab. If you have "Notes and Lists" as an option, then simply select the service you prefer and off you go.

"Add cranberries to my grocery list". Once you tap on that, you will see the services I mentioned above.

Google didn't limit the new list/note management feature to its own Keep app, either - it also works with, AnyList, and Bring. Finally, you can now install the Dunkin' app on your Android phone and use Google Assistant to order coffee and food by voice. The rollout is still now underway.

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