One of the early Google Assistant actions to come to Google Home is from VentureBeat, an online technology news platform. Developed in coordination with Gupshup, the bot is expected to be available to consumers later this month.
“The bot landscape has grown exponentially in the past year enabling a world where intelligent, conversational interfaces will soon be all around us: at work, at home, on every one of our devices and appliances. We are proud to be one of the first developer platforms to join Actions on Google and VentureBeat in taking this monumental step towards simplifying home automation,” said Beerud Sheth, CEO of Gupshup.
Google Home users can launch the VentureBeat bot by saying “Ok Google, let me talk to VentureBeat”, and can then navigate the latest technology news stories and headlines from the comfort of their own home by interacting with the Google Assistant.
According to Gartner, over 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide by the end of 2016, supporting over $235 billion in total services spending. Gartner also forecasts that over 20.8 billion devices will be connected by the IoT by the year 2020.