Basic Availability of App Actions utilizing the Android Shortcuts framework

Posted by Jessica Dene Earley-Cha, Developer Relations Engineer

We’re happy to announce the Basic Availability (GA) of App Actions utilizing shortcuts.xml, a part of the Android shortcuts framework. Through the use of the Shortcuts API, it’s by no means been simpler so as to add a layer of voice interplay to your apps, by merely utilizing the Android tooling, platform, and options you already know. This launch means your shortcuts.xml implementations are actually absolutely supported by way of our assist channels.

App Actions let customers launch and management Android apps with their voice, utilizing Google Assistant. At Google I/O 2021, we launched a beta of App Actions that enabled builders to implement App Actions utilizing the Android shortcuts framework, reducing the event value of voice enabling apps by leveraging a standard framework many builders have been already acquainted with. All through the beta interval, we listened to developer suggestions and made a number of enhancements to the API, developer tooling, and Assistant comprehension and accuracy of voice instructions.

Over the previous yr we’ve added new options, like the flexibility to fulfill person voice requests utilizing Android widgets, and in-app voice management. The set of built-in intents supported by App Actions has additionally expanded to incorporate journey and parking intents suited to use in Android for Automobiles apps.

See how Strava applied App Actions to offer a voice-forward expertise to their customers.

I’m new! How do I get began?

New App Actions builders are inspired to attempt the App Actions studying pathway. This studying pathway is a whole coaching course that prepares new and seasoned Android builders to design and implement voice-enabled app experiences. After finishing the pathway, you’ll earn the App Actions with Google Assistant badge in your developer profile.

Take a look at the newest App Actions information from I/O

We’re excited to have had a number of classes specializing in App Actions this yr at Google I/O.

My app already makes use of App Actions. How do I keep supported?

Builders with present App Actions implementations that use actions.xml are inspired to migrate their implementation earlier than the top of the assist interval on March thirty first, 2023.

Implementations that leveraged shortcuts.xml through the beta interval will proceed to work, as they’ve been with none modifications required, till March thirty first, 2023.

I’ve extra questions!

There are a number of methods to get in contact with the App Actions workforce and work together with the developer group.

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