Google Assistant lives on many devices, from smartphones to monitors to cars. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a standalone app for your PC? Google has not yet released a Desktop Assistant app, but thanks to developer Melvin L. Abraham, we now have an unofficial desktop client.
Available via GitHub, the app brings Google Assistant to Windows, macOS or Linux PC. Melvin built the client on Electron, like Discord and Spotify, and actually turned it into a fancy web app. To be clear, this is not officially created by Google, so you should proceed at your own risk. But the rewards of having Google Assistant right on your desktop can be worth it.
Because this is not an official app from Google, the installation process involves some work. Fortunately, it is well documented and has step-by-step instructions with photos. All you have to do is download the app to your operating system from the GitHub page and then follow these authentication steps to use Google Assistant.
We managed to set this up on a Surface Pro X, which runs Windows 1
Once installed on your device, the Assistant client offers fairly robust functionality. And there are quite a few settings to fine-tune, including the ability to start at startup and change the app’s theme. However, it is not perfect and does not quite match what you get from something like a smart screen. For example, there is no always-listen mode, and Continued conversation is inconsistent, according to Android Police. But it’s a pretty solid start.
Melvin’s assistant client for the desktop is unlikely to inspire Google to build anything of its own. But you can dream. The closest we’ll probably get is Assistant on Chrome OS – something Google introduced in 2019.