Just like how smartphone apps really help to make a platform great (or terrible), skills are what make devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Assistant more functional and useful. Now Amazon’s Alexa has had a headstart on Google and boasts over 10,000 skills, but it looks like Google is slowly but surely catching up.
In a report from VentureBeat, it seems that Google has recently added about 15 new skills/services to Google Assistant (and in turn Google Home). These new services aren’t really related to each other and will vary, ranging from getting motivational quotes from Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son, for those wondering), getting movie ratings from IMDB, finding out the weather on Mars, and so on.
However there are some notable services such as being able to keep track of your food’s expiration dates with Chefling, meaning that Google Assistant will soon be able to remind you that a particular food in your fridge is about to expire. There is also a service that is linked with Computer Builder that will help walk users through the steps of building their own PC.
If these sound like interesting skills and services you’d like to access, note that they should already be live and you can check them out via the Google Home app on your phone under the “Services” menu.