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…

Exploring Dialogflow: Understanding Agent Interaction

Dialogflow is a powerful tool that allows us to create conversational tools without the complications of needing to handle natural language processing. But before we dive into the platform, it’s important to understand all of the different concepts that tie together to create the conversational agents that we can create. When I started exploring the platform I jumped in without knowing what was what — so in this article I want to quickly run through each of the concepts to help provide some foundational understanding for the platform. Just as you would say Hello to your friend before conversing with them, invoking…

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…