Google shows off Google Assistant’s powerful chatbot capabilities

The technology that powers Google’s freshly announced Amazon Echo competitor Google Home is also available within its new chat app Allo.

Rebecca Michael, Google’s head of marketing and communication products, previewed the platform, showing off how Google Assistant is able to utilize the power of Google search to add functionalities to the chat environment.

In chats with friends, users will be able to add Google searches to their conversations by simply typing “@Google.” For private requests, users can enter a separate chat with the assistant.

In addition, Google Assistant allows for collaboration with third-party apps. For instance, you can book a table at a restaurant through OpenTable while in a chat with friends.

Michael also showed the audience a game in which Google sends strings of emojis and users guess what movie the chatbot is referencing.

Allo, the platform on which the Google Assistant chatbot will work, will be available later in 2016.

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