Day 4 to Day 12 - a summary of using Google Assistant and Montreal

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I know, it's been a long time since I last blogged so it's about time I jumped back into it! I might transition into summarizing my days using Google Assistant as it can get a bit hectic over the holiday season.

Over the course of 8 days, I started to use Google Assistant daily. In fact, when I travelled to Montreal with my girlfriend over the past weekend, that's when I knew I started to use it a lot more.

Here's what I found!

Montreal

First of all, it was a fantastic trip. I love the poutine and the food in Montreal. However, it was a really, really cold weekend. Using my bare hands in that weather wasn't ideal, so to save myself time being exposed to the cold, I would use Google Assistant to open apps I needed.

As we are not locals, we weren't familiar with getting around in Montreal and we had to rely a lot on Google Maps.

So, one voice command that I was making use of was:

Ok Google, open Maps

And sometimes, when I really didn't want to type, I would ask:

Ok Google, show me directions to X

Both commands were very helpful for getting around!

In addition to using Google Assistant to help use get around, I also used it to find things nearby. For example, if we wanted to find a nearby supermarket, I would simple ask:

Ok Google, find a supermarket near me

Or if we needed to find the nearest wine store, I'd ask:

Ok Google, where can I find wine nearby

Conclusion

All in all, I'm starting to make Google Assistant an everyday part of my computing life. For some queries, it can save you a lot of time.

If you think about it, these are the steps you take to search for something:

  1. Unlock / open your phone
  2. Open your mobile browser
  3. Type your search query in
  4. Read the results

When you make use of Google Assistant, this is what you do:

  1. Open Assistant by saying "Ok Google" or "Hey Google"
  2. Say your query
  3. Read or listen to your results

I think the part where you open assistant and talk your query is where most of the time is saved. When you do it enough, the time can add up!

The holiday season is here and I'm definitely looking forward to spending time with family. I'll be sure to keep track of how else I use Google Assistant.

Until the next blog post!