Exploring Actions on Google Responses: Basic Card

When sending responses from our Actions on Google conversational tools, there are a number of different ways in which we can present content to our users. In this post we’re going to look at adding responses to our conversations using the Basic Card. When building responses for our conversation tools we have the ability to send what is known as a Basic Card — this a response that is supported only for surfaces that support visual (actions.capability.SCREEN_OUTPUT) output. A Basic Card will look something like this on screen: The important thing to note when using the Basic Card is that there must…

Exploring Actions on Google Responses: Simple Response

When sending responses from our Actions on Google conversational tools, there are a number of different ways in which we can present content to our users. In this post we’re going to look at adding responses to our conversations using the Simple Response. When building responses for our conversation tools we have the ability to send what is known as a Simple Response — this a response that is supported for both visual (actions.capability.SCREEN_OUTPUT) and audio (actions.capability.AUDIO_OUTPUT) output. Consisting solely of textual content, a visual response will look something like this on screen: Screenshot taken from the emulator The textual content which is…

Localising Actions on Google conversations

Actions on Google is a pretty fascinating platform when it comes to the creation of conversational tools. So far myself I’ve been able to create a couple of small tools that could have the potential to help users out in one way or another. But there’s one thing that’s always been present on my mind — they’ve been pretty restrictive when it comes to creating a personalised experience for users outside of my spoken language and/or region. However, if we were to localise our conversation tool it would not only help us to create a more personalised experience for our users based…

Authenticating users with Actions on Google

Actions on Google is a pretty fascinating platform when it comes to the creation of conversational tools. So far myself I’ve been able to create a couple of small tools that could have the potential to help users out in one way or another. But they always been missing that one important thing, personalisation. Having access to some form of identification for the user not only allows us to create a more personalised experience, but also opens up numerous possibilities for the kind of conversational tools that we can create. in this article I want to dive into Account Linking…

Building a Guitar Chord Tutor for Actions on Google: Part One

Google Actions is a fascinating platform. Not only does it provide us with a conversational tool that gives us the ability to create experiences which make certain tasks easier and more convenient for the user, but it allows us to create applications that can be easily accessible for a wide range of users with different needs. Recently, I’ve been playing a lot with Actions — so I wanted to create a simple application that would allow me to give a quick run-through of what an Action is made up of as a way of getting started with creating your own. This article…