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Google Assistant to start offering advice on DIY services


Google has announced that its Assistant app will start offering advice on the best local services to help you fix up your home.

The latest addition to Google Assistant allows users to explain what their problem is, such as a plumbing emergency or a faulty boiler, and responds by offering a number of local options to contact.

Google says that in some cities it will only suggest services that have been pre-approved, which ought to provide some guarantee of competence from the handymen you can hire.

The service works across Android phones, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Home smart speaker, which comes with Google Assistant built in.

For now though, it will only be available in the U.S. However, with similar AI tools becoming so prevalent across the globe, a wider rollout is highly likely in the New Year.

This new feature gives Google the edge over rivals including Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.

The latter’s HomePod speaker has been delayed until 2018, leaving it extra ground to make up in order to compete with Google.



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