A new feature of the Google Assistant has been discovered called “Memory”. Details are scarce, but it feels like a new way to keep all your notes, photos, links, and reminders organized using Google Assistant.
Google’s description of the feature says memory is a “quick and easy way to save and find everything in one place,” according to 9to5Google. The report says you can save onscreen information like links, real-world information like photos of handwritten notes and signs, thoughts, and more, all in one place.
Almost anything you can imagine can be saved to this new memory bank. The feature isn’t available yet, but it looks like it’s going to live in the Assistant app similar to the “instant” calendar-like feature that came out last year.
You can use voice commands to save a memory or set up a shortcut on the Home screen to make it more accessible like a traditional application.
The leaked screenshots make it appear that Google is saving some of this information as cards in the Snapshot view and some as notes configured under the “Memory” header. In the Memory section, there’s a new search bar at the top of the screen that should make sorting through this mess easier. It also looks like you can sort these items by tagging them.
Google has been looking for a way to spoof Pinterest for a while. It launched a feature called “Collections” in Google Assistant some time ago, and while it’s a useful tool, I still don’t think people use one app as their Assistant to do all of these things at once.
Hopefully Google adds more and more features to the app / platform, it will become a more attractive organizational tool for users. I like the idea of linking your phone and smart speakers so that they are all linked to a single platform (Google Assistant), but the main hurdle for Google to overcome is to try to consolidate Android for focus more on this goal.
Right now, if you open up a brand new Samsung or OnePlus phone, you’re greeted with multiple notes apps. So from the start, it’s confusing for the users. Smartphones have several duplicate apps, and beyond that, users are unlikely to go to an app simply named “Google” to write their notes, as Google is just a way to browse the web. for most people.
To go even further, Google already integrates Google Assistant with other note / reminder apps like Google Keep and Any.do. It makes it a confusing nightmare to set up the perfect notes / reminders / memory bank situation on Android right now.
Memory is always a cool feature, and hopefully Google Assistant and its app can do almost anything we need someday. However, at least for now, I’m betting Google is fumbling around launching Memory, and ordinary people will never know.