Google Store is now a Google-only store

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Now it looks like Google wants to limit its online store to just "Made by Google" (and, to a lesser extent, "Made for Google").

In this release, Google Assistant acts a shortcut for the app to the android application that's been already installed on the device.

Interestingly, the Android Wear section of the Google Store can still be accessed, but the only two watches there, LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, aren't available for purchase. Sometimes it is not possible to quickly launch the assistant because either you have to activate the assistant by calling "Ok Google" or by long pressing the Home Key.

Google introduced the "Made by Google" branding a year ago, alongside the Pixel and other products. This doesn't add any new functionality, but it does offer a new way to prompt it if you'd rather not say "Ok, Google" or hold down on your home button. The Assistant was first exclusive to Pixel devices but it, later on, was made available for other Android Nougat devices as well. The publication notes that the creation of a standalone app may also help users include it as part of an automation tool like IFTTT or Tasker.

What's more, you'll also be able to send a song to another Chromecast-enabled speaker by saying out loud something like: "Ok Google, play Today's Top Hits on my Chromecast". This information could be revealed from the code of the app and Google doesn't mention it anywhere. Transactions on Assistant include the ability to add items to cart as well.

1-800-Flowers.com, the flower provider whose sales grew 2.2% to $239.5 million in Q4 2017 from a year earlier, now lets customers order through Google Assistant, according to a company news post.

Commenting on the success story of Bounce.ng, the General Manager of the platform, Goodluck Ikporo said the rating is another milestone for Bounce as it has become a one-stop online spot for Nigerian and global news.

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