Create An Assistant App Without Any Code

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At the moment, there are few options to create apps for the Google Assistant that do not involve any code.

We call them “existing templates” as you can see in the image above.

When you open the action on google console page you will see all the current options: trivia, personality quiz and flash cards games. In this post we will see how easy it will be to create a new flash cards game that will work on the Google Assistant.

Let’s go with helping people learn something new, ok?

First, you need to go to: console.actions.google.com and click on “Add/Import Project”.

The next step is to click on the Flash cards “BUILD” button.

You will get to this screen, where you just need to customize your app by choosing a personality that reflects how you want it to sound.

Different personalities will have different ways of presenting your prompts and responses.

You should click the play button to hear examples of those prompts and choose one that makes the most sense for your  app.

So choose one and click ‘Next’.

Now we’re getting somewhere.

In this part we’ll add questions, answers, and hints for the game and we’ll use a Google sheet for that.

Click on the Google sheet dialog. It’s blue line with: ‘Click here to create a copy of a pre-filled Google Sheet that you can edit’.

and you will see this dialog with an option to ‘click and make a copy’. We’ll get a new browser tab with this option:

Click on the ‘Make a copy’ button and you’ll get your very own Google sheet. See below how it’s going to look.

At this point, it’s important to remember:

1. Make sure you change all the content on the 2 sheets we provided here.

2. The first sheet is for the questions and answers. You need to create new ones based on our own topic. If something is wrong you’ll get a warning on the cell.

3. The second sheet (=configuration tab) is for the customization of the game. Please change it with your values.

After you’re done. Copy the url at the top. Now, you should paste this url into the screen below where there’s a field for your “Google Sheet browser URL”.

Want to see a game in action?

Here is an example of a Flash Cards Game I’ve created. You can see more examples here.

You can see below the dialog after we copied the url to our google sheet.

The was the build part!
Easy, no?

Click on “CreateApp” in order to close this wizard.

Now, let’s have a drink and test our app for assistant, cool?

In order to test our app we need to click on ‘simulator’ in the left side menu or on the ‘Test App’ button.

You will get this:

 

The web simulator is a great tool that let us test our work and see how it is going to work on Google Home and Phones.

It’s important to use it and see that everything is working well before we submit our new assistant app for review.

Btw, if you are logged into the assistant with the same account on your phone or Google home – you can test your creation there as well.

Have fun!

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