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How to create apps for Google Assistant without knowing how to program

Actions on Google: how you can create apps for Google Assistant

For those of you who don’t know, Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant present on many Android devices. Works by giving you voice or text instructions, and you can communicate with him as if it were any chat.

Operation by the user orders permit incorporating some games like trivials and various contests. The setup is so simple that Google has enabled a page called Actions on Google so you can create your own application based on different models.

From the Actions on Google website you can access guides to better understand how the wizard works. If you want to start creating your own app, go to the Action Console to get started. Click on Add / Import project, select your country and give your project a name. Click on the blue button Create project.

After a few seconds, you’ll be in a new page where you start your project. The first three options respond to the Build a custom app category, but those are not the ones that interest us today. A little further down you’ll see three options framed under Use existing templates. Those are the ones that interest us. You can decide between Trivia, Personality Quiz and Flash Cards.

Various options to create your app

The Trivial Android Help

For this tutorial, let’s create a quiz trivial. Simply select the appropriate category Build and lead to another screen. The first option is to choose the assistant personality while the game progresses. You can listen to an audio sample of each one before choosing your favorite. Select, click Next and you will go to the content.

Select the large button that appears and, in the pop-up window, select the option Make a copy of the pre-filled Google Sheet for editing. This is important for the no-code premise of this tutorial, so be sure to select the option.

The option to use a model table

Once you select it, a Google Spreadsheet will open in a new tab. In the first column you can select the question. The second is for the correct answer, and the next two are for wrong answers. The Follow up column is the phrase that the wizard will display once the user answers the question. What you have to do here is fill in all the boxes until you create as many questions as you want. Imagination is your limit.

Creating the trivial

Once you complete the form, change its title to that of your game in the settings tab – you will see it below -, go back to the previous tab and press Next. It will ask you to paste the URL of the spreadsheet. Paste it and press Upload. If your browser blocks pop-up windows, be sure to grant permission, since Google will need to log into your account to access the document. Once you do, you just have to click on Create app.

App created

Now you just have to click on Test app to see how it behaves. A Google Assistant simulator will open to check if everything works. You can complete the trivia yourself – and laugh in passing with the Assistant’s English voice trying to understand Spanish. When you’re done, go back to the Overview tab and you can add information about your app. This includes definitions of what she does and phrases to summon her with your voice. This are necessary steps if you want to publish it and Google Assistant to activate it, so make sure you fill in all good if you want to.

Google Assistant simulator

This is how you can create apps for Google Assistant without knowing how to program. You have options to enter codes in apps focused on programmers, which will allow you to do more things. But anyone can create a trivia as we have taught you in a simple way.