Android is Google’s operating system that is incredibly popular.
Android is regularly updated by Google, meaning fresh functionality and improvements are consistently introduced.
A new upgrade for the operating system has been discussed by the firm that will bring the Google Assistant to the firm’s Messages app.
The introduction of the virtual helper will allow it to display contextual information within a text messaging thread.
Essentially, if an Android fan is messaging another user to ask if they would like to see a film, the Google Assistant will understand the movie being discussed and will offer a “suggestion chip” that will present additional information.
If the user presses the suggestion chip, they will be taken to an overlay page that discusses the film in question and gives access to its trailer, release date and more.
Of course, this is just one example in which the Assistant could be helpful.
Once the user has seen the information, they are able to send it to the person they are texting if they want them to also see the additional text.
Discussing the integration of the Google Assistant into its Messages application, Google said: “Conversations are another place where the Google Assistant can lend a helping hand.
“Over the coming months for English users around the globe, Messages will start showing suggestions so you can get more information from the Google Assistant about movies, restaurants and weather.”
The Mountain View firm has insisted the new technology will be harnessed on devices locally, meaning user text messages will not be sent to it.
Moreover, The Verge has also stated Google’s servers will only receive the information from the suggestion chip chosen.
Google went on: “The Messages app uses on-device AI to offer suggestion chips relevant to your conversation, helping you easily find and share information as you chat one-on-one with your best friend, or in a group chat with your entire family.
“You can tap on the suggestion chip to learn more from your Assistant, and if you find the info is helpful, you can decide if you want to share that information back into your conversation.
“If you don’t share that information, the other person won’t see it.”
Google also reiterated the Assistant can still be summoned as usual by long pressing a device’s home button.
The new upgrade for Android will roll out “over the coming months”, according to the tech giant.
No precise release date for the function was provided.