Google is rolling out a new Shortcuts feature on Android, similar to Samsung’s Bixby Routines and the iPhone’s Siri Shortcuts,media neowin reported. This feature will allow users to set up in-app behavior and associate it with custom voice commands. For example, if they prefer, they can enable the “New Tweets” option on the Twitter app and say “Hey, Google, New Tweets” or any other keyword they like to write tweets directly using Assistant.
Like Siri Shortcuts on the iPhone, Google offers shortcut recommendations for apps that users use frequently. There is also a “Your Shortcuts” tab, where you can view all your custom shortcuts.
The biggest limitation of Shortcuts today is that it doesn’t allow people to series a series of commands, and they’re limited to in-app operations. In addition, in its current form, Shortcuts cannot do anything inside the application, they can only give users access to specific screens inside them. For example, users can’t set a shortcut in Google Assistant to search for specific keywords on Instagram, although you can use it to open the Discovery tab. Developers also need to update their applications to take advantage of Shortcuts.