Four Developers React to Google IO 2019 Announcement with Emig, Gilhoi, Meissner, and Schwab – Voicebot Podcast Ep 96
The annual Google I/O developer conference had a lot of focus on Google Assistant as expected, but the company’s direction is clearly shifting. In this week’s Voicebot Podcast, four Google Action developers offer their initial reactions to the Google I/O keynotes and what they indicate about what Google sees as important and where the product line is headed over the next year.
Dominik Meissner of 169 Labs talks about Duplex on the web, the on-device Google Assistant, the rise of Google’s focus on privacy, and the new Nest Home branding. The second interview is with Chad Gilhoi, one of the top independent Google Action developers. Chad zeroed in on the focus around Assistant integration with Android apps, the new Nest Home Hub Max, the need for better Chromecast integration, and the new Canvas multimodal development environment. He also commented on Google’s lack of focus around monetization and developer success stories with revenue generation.
Jochen Emig of ONSEI also pointed out the focus around Android app integration with Google Assistant, the potential conflict between apps and Actions when using voice, the use of facial identification as a feature of the Nest Hub Max smart display, and the privacy emphasis. He also discussed a recent Google Action implementation ONSEI completed for a German retailer that includes product search and the ability to purchase over 35,000 SKUs by voice. Finally, Nick Schwab of Invoked Apps was intrigued by Google’s entry into accessibility features that leverage voice technologies and applies them at a “human level.” He also discussed Duplex for the Web, voice integration for search, and Android Automotive. He hopes over the next year to see the integration of Google’s many development tools to create a more unified developer experience.
Show Notes – Google IO 2019 Interviews
- Hear Dominik Meissner on Voicebot Podcast Ep 75: Voice Assistant Adoption in Europe
- Follow 169 Labs on Twitter and the Web: @169Labs 169Labs
- Check out some of Chad Gilhoi’s Google Actions: Magic 8 Ball My Walk Up Song
- Follow Chad Gilhoi on Twitter: @SluiceAndroid
- Read about ONSEI’s founding in this 2017 interview: Onsei is Bringing Voice Applications to Germany
- Listen to Jochen Emig in Voicebot Podcast Ep 43: Google Assistant Developer Panel
- Listen to Nick Schwab on Voicebot Podcast Ep 58: Alexa Skill Product Strategy
- You can also hear Nick Schwab in other Voicebot Podcast appearances: Episode 2 Episode 22
- Learn more about Nick’s journey as an Alexa developer: Invoked Apps Passes 1 Million Unique Alexa Users
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