Google began preparing an Assistant-related feature that speeds up Android reminders and saves as early as 2018. The company’s reminders approach is getting more and more confused, and it now appears that Google isn’t focusing on Assistant Memory any longer.
WHAT DOES ATTACHED MEMORY MEAN? In March 2021, we were able to completely activate Assistant Memory and discovered that Google would promote it as a simple, quick way to save and find everything in one location. The functionality was formally mentioned in the introductory prompts as allowing you to:
Whenever possible, save any screen content to memory along with any references to the original source. Remember real-world information: Items, posters, or remarks written by hand Keep in mind ideas and reminders: Things to consider, ideas, and recollections And locate it all once more in one location: intelligent organization and search Memory, which would store contextual information such as screenshots, links, and location, might be activated by an Assistant voice query. A reverse chronologic feed would display stored items as rich cards that offer suggestions for Check the status of your flight, watch a trailer, start a chat session, and check the cooking times for dishes. Even a fancy card for Google Docs was available.
A Topics tagging system with predefined categories like Important and Read later handled organization. A search bar would have been located right at the top of this stream in the meanwhile.
Another crucial detail was the statement made by Google that reminders are now saved to Assistant Memory.
MEMORIAL AGEING The bulk of strings connected to Memory, which was formerly known by the codename stash, are deleted in the Google app version 13.25, which is now in the beta channel. Such a removal typically indicates that Google has stopped supporting a feature.
As we recently brought the topic back up for discussion, it’s plausible that Google is attempting to hide developments, although it had refrained from doing so in the previous 12 months. Another possibility is that Memory is leaving the Google app and transitioning to a more specialized experience, although we haven’t seen any solid proof of it.
Reading the tea leaves, the Assistants’ concentration might have shifted toward the end of Memory. For instance, Google recently removed Assistant Snapshot, which served as proof that it no longer desired to provide that kind of relevant feed experience. The firm appears to be putting less emphasis on related activities and concentrating more on making Assistant a really good voice experience. For instance, Look and Talk enables you to activate Assistant by simply starring at your Nest Hub Max, and Quick Phrases eliminate the need to say the Hey Google buzzword.
What will Google Reminders do next? The discontinuation of Memory begs the issue of what Google’s plans are for reminders. The ability to create location-based to-do lists will soon be gone for users of the existing Assistant Reminders experience. Assistant.google.com/reminders is fairly basic and offers a poor user experience, especially on mobile. Memory was viewed as a major improvement.
Meanwhile, Google Tasks will completely replace Assistant Reminders in Google Calendar for Android, as we noticed last week. Though Google has not yet provided any details, it makes sense from the perspective of productivity and Workspace’s ability to provide a complete experience. These Reminders are still available in Google Keep.
Given these changes, Google’s future does not appear to include Assistant Reminders. However, since Memory appears to be out of the picture, it’s unclear what the substitute is.