In my previous article I wrote about the release of a new Google Assistant app, a game called Warriors Land. This time I’d like to focus on some key technical ingredients of the game, which I think can be very exciting for brands launching marketing campaigns or for digital product owners dealing with apps, websites or e-commerce platforms where account creation is an essential part of the customer journey.

Warriors Land is packed with some really cool features offered by Google Assistant Conversational Actions (also known as Actions on Google) that allow to create engaging and cross-platform experiences.

The game…


Warriors Land map
Warriors Land map
Warriors Land map

If you’re into RPG’s and love your Google Home / Nest (or Google Assistant on your phone) — I’ve got something you have to try.

Hey Google, talk to Warriors Land

After signing up, you’re about to become a Warrior and embark on a quest to become the Great Emperor! It’s not obvious how to do it — you have to figure it out!

Build your characters strengths, collect gold and magical objects. Ask to see the map — it’s very helpful in your journey.

Start by saying to your Google Assistant: Hey Google, talk to Warriors Land

or find out more on the game’s website…


Voice assistant apps can go way beyond the quizzes and trivia games.
Being assistive by their nature, they can really help your customers achieve their goals in a fashion much closer to human conversation rather than soulless checkbox-select-type chore we got used to since the birth of websites.

To understand the capabilities of voice assistant apps take a look at this video presenting one of my projects called Hotel Finder. This example runs on Google Assistant which is natively available on all android phones (that’s in a region of 2 billion users).

User Experience

Note that during making this video I…


Actions on Google — “Usage” section with some filters applied

Hello Google Actions and voice developers! I recently discovered some cool features in Actions on Google console, under the “Usage” section. Check out the video I below exploring filters that allow to get more in-depth data of voice app usage.

By playing around with these filters I discovered few things that I thought might be helpful to other developers who consider building an app for Google Assistant (and think about ways to monetise it too).

Review of usage statistics of Word Chain — Google Assistant word game https://assistant.google.com/services/a/uid/000000a90be99931

Observations

Looking at the analytics data of my game called Word Chain (which…


Hey Google, let’s play a game!
Hey Google, let’s play a game!

Thinking about new ideas for a game for Google Assistant, I conducted a little research on the quality of games, currently available to users. All Actions on Google (voice apps, usually triggered by saying “Hey Google, talk to…”) can be found in this directory.

Hint: there’s a FREE download available at the end of this article.


Over a year ago, seeing a rapid growth of popularity of voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa, I started tapping into their development ecosystems.

“Hey Google, ask Only One to set me up for a date”

Connecting people with voice assistant

Anyone who remembers the early days of mobile apps can see that there’s a pattern in how they mature over time along with the user adoption.

In the early days of app ecosystems there’s so much uncharted land to claim. It’s a risky business, as nobody tried to build anything on that land yet, but everyone around says it’s a good investment. …


Ever since voice assistants became a mainstream app on smartphones and smart speakers, they prove to be very helpful in trivial situations.

“Hey Google, play some music”

“Okay Google, set a timer for 15 minutes”

“Hey Google, tell me a joke…”

If you’re one of the voice assistant users, you’ve probably also asked for help with some more complex tasks, such as booking a hotel, buying cinema tickets or help with cooking a dinner.

You might have tried to practice your small talk skills on the assistant too.

Sparking a conversation with an object that listens and responds is a…


Sprint book cover

Recently 6 members of our team were asked by our CEO to read a book called ‘Sprint — solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days’.

A book from three partners at Google Ventures describing a five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than one hundred companies.

As a User Experience specialist working in digital industry for over 12 years, a concept of rapid idea validation isn’t anything new. …


For people to do business with you, they need to understand 3 things:

What you do, How you do it, and Why you do it.

Simple enough, yet, when articulated in that order it won’t work. Order matters a lot.

Why — How — What

In the age of instant access to information literally at our fingertips, showing off the features of your products or services, no matter how great they are, is just not enough. You must express the ‘Why’ of your business first. If you don’t know the purpose, or if your business never really established it — you may find yourself in…


Sandy Carter and Kathy Klotz-Guest at SXSW2019

Take innovation, 2 brilliant speakers and mix that with enterprise experience and a large portion of comedy humour — and you have a talk that not only inspires you, but makes you want to take action immediately.

That’s my impression of the SXSW2019 talk: Digital Transformation, AI and an Innovation Mindset, presented by Sandy Carter, VP from Amazon Web Services and Kathy Klotz-Guest, author & Founder of Keeping it Human.

If you have a spare moment (well, hour to be precise) the full-length talk is available on official SXSW website: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/events/PP85304

But if you only have 3 minutes, carry on…

Marek Miś

Voice Assistants Enthusiast | Designer | Developer | Tech Explorer | https://veeheister.com/

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