G Suite, specifically Google Calendar, is integrating with Google Assistant, according to a recent blog post from David Thacker, G Suite’s Vice President of Product Management. Users will be able to ask the Assistant when and where appointments are, and have the Assistant alert them of any scheduling changes. This update is available in beta as of April 10, 2019, in addition to other G Suite updates.
G Suite Add-Ons, for example, allow people to access workplace apps in the G Suite side panel rather than having to use multiple apps and tabs. Users can sign up for the beta version of the Add-Ons, which will be available in the next few months. Google has also updated the Drive with Drive metadata, which makes it easier for users to find documents, currently available in beta with a sign up. Additional updates include Google Voice for G Suite, Hangouts Chat in Gmail, and connected sheets, beta coming soon.
“From organizations that have operated for more than a century, to companies born in the digital age, to entrepreneurs just starting to get their business off the ground—G Suite is helping people work faster, smarter and more collaboratively than ever before,”
wrote Thacker in a recent blog post.
Google constantly updates the Assistant’s abilities. In the past year alone, the number of the Assistant’s actions more than doubled. Despite this increase, Amazon Alexa still has 92.5% more skills than the Assistant, with 56,750 skills available in the U.S as of February, 2019. The most popular Google Assistant action categories are Education and References at a little over 15%, followed by Games and Fun at 11.07%. In the same vein, Google recently updated its search results on Android with more visual and informative responses that don’t require any additional clicking from the user. These responses may also include ads, just as ads are included in regular Google search results. As Google has recently updated its G Suite actions on the Assistant, it’s safe to assume that they are hoping to further integrate it into the workplace.