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Ultimate Smart Home Integrate Google Assistant with Alexa Skill

written by Vaibhav Sharma | Oct 26, 2020
Google Assistant with Alexa Skill

The Google assistant app development is a trending topic these days. With the increase leaning towards the concept of smart home development, Google assistant app development is rising tremendously.

Read this article to get a glimpse of the procedure to create Google Assistant actions.

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How To Create An Action For A Smart Home

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The below-mentioned steps will help you to create Google Assistant actions with ease. 

Step 1: Create an API.AI account

It is to be noted that the API.AI account should be the same as the Google account that has been active on the Google Home device. It is necessary so that you can check it out on the actual hardware.

The first thing that you need to do is to go to API.AI to initiate the free sign-up process. After you have successfully sign-up, the next thing that is going to pop-up is an interface that resembles the picture below. Clicking on ‘Create agent’ will get the process started.

Step 2: Naming the agent

Naming the agent is the step that is followed after creating the agent. The function of an API.AI agent is to display a conversation interface for the smart application, bot or device. What should be kept in mind while you name the agent is that it does not entertain any spaces so whatever the name is, it has to be written in a continuous flow. Moreover, make sure that you keep the agent ‘public’. Also, a description can be added for further detailing. Clicking on the ‘Save’ button will save the changes. 

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Intents

The intent plays a crucial role in enhancing the platform. It is one of the most important aspects of Google Assistant app development. Intent allows the user to say whatever they wish to and makes the system to find out and provide searches that are related to what the speaker asks or tells. API.AI features a tool that is dedicated to creating intents, whereas Amazon’s demands the user to load raw intent schema. The screen that appears while selecting intents resembles the picture that is displayed below. 

The next step that follows is about creating a welcome intent. However, the aim is also to include words in the mad lib. The last step will be to create a final response—- the mad lib!

Step 3: Default welcome intent

The third step lays emphasis on creating default welcome intent. Default welcome intent comes into play as soon as the action is called on via the Google Home device. 

For example, when the user gives the command “Hey Google, open the mad lib”, then the agent knows about what to do next. It automatically opens the default welcome intent and introduces the results to the person interacting with the Google Home Device.

The user then scrolls to edit the intents and write a custom one for an optimized experience. 

Step 4: Creating new intent

In order to create a new intent, the user needs to click on the ‘Intent’ section that is provided in the menu at the extreme left. The ‘Default fallback intent’ and ‘Default welcome intent’ can be seen listed there. The user needs to collect new words for the mad lib. To create new intent, you are required to click on the ‘Create intent’ tab that can be found on the upper right corner. This is then followed by naming the intent as ‘make_madlib’. 

Step 5: ‘User says.’

After creating intent, the next task would be to dwell in the ‘User says’ area. This area covers the keywords that are required for the user to say in order to activate the intent. Only a few are required and not many. The user says area holds importance as it is used to answer the questions or requests that are initiated by the user. A prime example can be asking the name of a male friend or any other. This covers the domain of machine learning in the established system of the Google Home. 

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Step 6: Defining Actions

The next that follows is to create an action. Action refers to the response of the system as soon as the command triggers the specific intent by the help of the user’s input. The user needs to name the action in the field. Several words need to be gathered in order to execute actions. Various elements of speech need to be collected, such as nouns and adjectives, so that the system can effectively detect user inputs. 

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Step 7: Creating Response

Step seven involves creating a response. The user needs to move down to the ‘Response’ section and add adjective, name, noun, number etc. After you are done, the screen will look like the one below.

Integration

After creating the contents and commands for the Google Home device, the created system needs to be tested for its effectiveness. Many types of integration exist for API.AI that can be selected depending on the platform for which it is to be deployed like Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype, Alexa and Cortana

Just to highlight, API.AI was not built for Google Home but instead for it to work seamlessly, the user needs to integrate it with ‘Actions on Google’. 

Step 8: Integrating Actions on Google

The ‘Integrations’ tab can be found on the left-hand menu. Clicking on the ‘Actions on Google’ will take you to the settings page that resembles the screen that is attached below. 

Flipping the toggle button situated on the upper right corner will activate it instantly. Clicking on the ‘Create Project’ button that is placed in the lower right corner will take you to the ‘Actions on Google’ site that facilitates setting up of the important parameters for your action that can then be tested in the simulator. 

Step 9: Testing on Google Home Web Simulator

Google Home Web Simulator is the tool that can help you to test your created Google Actions. Once you access the tool, you will get to see the green screen. Click on start. 

The next screen provides you with the room to type desired text on the left and hit the return button to hear the output. 

Step 10: Testing on Google Home

Finally, to test the complete system on Google Home Device, it is required for you to login with the same account by which you tested it on the Google Home Web Simulator. As soon as you authorize the action for previewing, it will be available for you on the Google Home device.

Why BR Softech Pvt Ltd.?

There are a lot many challenges that can be encountered while you search for the ideal Alexa Skill development company for your project. A lack of technical knowledge can make the selection process even much more complex.

To make sure that you approach and venture in a reliable software development company, there are many points that should be considered at the time of investment. This section aims to highlight all those points to make you wiser while you select the Alexa Skill development company for your project.

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BR Softech Pvt. Ltd. is a software development company that provides industry-leading services. The company is also ISO 9001: 2008 certified that verifies its authenticity, making it a firm to trust upon for your project development

The company was established in the year 2010, and over a decade of its existence, the company has consistently undergone phases of learning and improvisations that makes it a knowledgeable and trustworthy application and software development company

Not just that, but the company hosts more than 250 full time IT experts out of a total of more than 450 employees that ensures that you receive complete front-end and back-end assistance in your project. 

The company has its hands-on experience in a variety of technologies that includes virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, extended reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, and many more that can be listed.

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Moreover, the company is renowned for providing secure and cost-efficient software solutions in various domains that range from banking and finance, real estate, media and entertainment, healthcare solution, education and eLearning etc.

Final words

After reading this article, you must now be aware of creating a basic Google Assistant action. However, to get a more detailed overview to create and deploy complex actions, considering an experienced Google Assistant app development company  is advised. 

Hurry up and venture in the new age technology to support your smart home development project.

Vaibhav Sharma

A technical graduate with a passion for learning. The creative and optimistic mindset landed him in the field of content writing. He has been educating the readers with his words that reflects his experience led wisdom in the IT sector about advancing technologies.

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