Google is enabling keyboard support for Google Assistant

Google Assistant Nougat

Google announced new features for its Google Assistant at its annual I/O developer conference, including the ability to type to Google Assistant on your phone rather than speak and the integration of it news Google Lens feature.

The ability to type to your assistant rather than speak is much anticipated by users who feel uncomfortable speaking out loud to their assistant for privacy or just awkwardness reasons.

The company also announced that it is now available on over 100 million devices.

The tech giant’s Google Assistant is locked in heated competition for dominance in the AI space against other major players like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Samsung’s recently launched Bixby.

Recently, Microsoft doubled down on its investment in AI, with the announcement that it had partnered with Harman Kardon on the Invoke AI speaker and will partner with HP and Intel to create more Cortana-powered devices in the future. Additionally, it opened up its developer skills kit to the public.