Actions on Google
Actions on Google is a program for developers of "Actions" (software applications) that run via Google Assistant on devices such as the Google Home smart speaker and the Google Pixel smartphone and on the Google Allo mobile app. Actions for Google includes toolkits, tutorials, and other community resources.
Developers can build two types of Actions. Direct Actions are simple; according to 'The Verge': "ask for information, get an answer. Ask to turn off the lights, the lights turn off. Ask to play a song, and it plays. Conversation Actions, in contrast, are more back and forth. " Conversational Actions use tools from Dialogflow, a company that Google bought and whose tools are integrated into Actions for Google.
- "Google Assistant will open up to developers in December with 'Actions on Google'". theverge.com.
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