Google Assistant is a crucial component of Android, easily accessible from your home screen — and soon, from your power button. While it's a robust tool in its own right, it only gets better with more third-party integration. Several new enhancements are coming to both Assistant and smart displays to help make getting the information you need a whole lot easier.
Starting in Android 12, all shortcuts will now automatically appear inside the Assistant gallery once built, offering a complete list of voice commands available for apps on your device. Shortcuts were first added to Android last fall and were pretty limited at launch, but this should help push the feature forward (even if it's still pretty similar to routines).
Assistant is also gaining access to widgets, which have been improved for Android 12. Once this feature ships, your phone will pull information from widgets to perform any action, like ordering coffee from the Dunkin Donuts app or displaying your mileage for the week in Strava, as Google highlights in its blog post. In addition, Google is planning to bring widgets optimized for driving to Android Auto in the future, allowing drivers to view more information from apps while keeping their eyes on the road.