Google As­sis­tant gets na­tive SDK to at­tract de­vel­op­ers

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Google has planned the ex­pan­sion of the Google As­sis­tant by launch­ing its SDK. The lat­est move by the search gi­ant is aimed at build­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) pow­ered ecosystem that is not just lim­ited to Google apps and ser­vices and is also open to all de­vel­op­ers.

“With this SDK, you can now start build­ing your own hard­ware pro­to­types that in­clude the Google As­sis­tant, like a self-built robot or a voice-en­abled smart mir­ror,” wrote Chris Rams­dale, prod­uct man­ager of Google As­sis­tant, in a blog post.

The SDK comes bun­dled with a gRPC API, a Python-based open source client that han­dles au­then­ti­ca­tion and ac­cess to the API, sam­ples and doc­u­men­ta­tion. Also, there are bind­ings for lan­guages such as Java, Python, C#, Node.js and Ruby.

The cross-lan­guage sup­port em­pow­ers the Google As­sis­tant SDK to en­able pro­to­typ­ing on hard­ware rang­ing from a smart­phone or tablet to a Rasp­berry Pi 3.

Al­though Google has pre­cisely pro­vided most of the ma­jor fea­tures of the As­sis­tant through the SDK, it still does not have the core hot word sup­port. The en­gi­neer­ing team at Google is also in de­vel­op­ment to bring about com­pan­ion app in­te­gra­tion.

Hav­ing said that, the ini­tial

SDK re­lease is enough to in­flu­ence de­vel­op­ers to build new ex­pe­ri­ences for the Google As­sis­tant. It could counter Ap­ple’s Siri and Mi­crosoft’s Cor­tana, over time.

You can check the fea­tures on the de­vel­oper pre­view by down­load­ing the Google As­sis­tant SDK. A GitHub repos­i­tory has also emerged to let you start de­vel­op­ing your projects us­ing the new of­fer­ing.

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