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A sample that shows how to make Android Apps available from the Assistant using App Actions.


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*:warning: Warning: Go to App Actions fitness sample or App Actions Widget sample for maintained sample.

⚠️ Warning: This App Actions fitness sample and App Actions Widget sample has migrated to App-Action directory in Android Github. This version will no longer be maintained.

This is a sample Fitness application that allows displaying workout information as well as starting and stopping a workout. By implementing App Actions, we allow the user to call upon our application to fulfill supported built-in intents (BIIs) in the fitness category.

Specifically, this sample supports the following BIIs:

  • actions.intent.START_EXERCISE: Open the sample app and start an exercise session.
  • actions.intent.STOP_EXERCISE: Open the sample app and stops the current exercise session.
  • actions.intent.GET_EXERCISE_OBSERVATION: Display a widget inside the Assistant with information on a particular exercise statistic.


How to use this sample

Clone or download the project to your preferred location. Then, import and modify the project with the following steps:

  1. In Android Studio, select Open an existing Android Studio project from the initial screen, or go to File > Open.

  2. Change the applicationId in app/build.gradle to the applicationId of one of your draft or published apps in the Google Play Console.

    android {
        defaultConfig {
            // This ID uniquely identifies your app on the device and in Google Play
            applicationId "PUT_YOUR_APPLICATION_ID_HERE"
  3. Change the three (3) android:targetPackage in app/src/main/res/xml/shortcuts.xml to the applicationId in your app/build.gradle.

    <capability android:name="actions.intent.START_EXERCISE">
    <capability android:name="actions.intent.STOP_EXERCISE">
    <capability android:name="actions.intent.GET_EXERCISE_OBSERVATION">
  4. In Android Studio, find the root directory of the sample.

  5. Select the build.gradle file.

  6. Follow the instructions presented by the IDE.

  7. Install Google Assistant plugin for Android Studio

Then, you can try the App Actions by following these steps:

  1. Build and run the sample on your physical test device (Run "app").
  2. Open the App Actions test tool (Tools > Google Assistant > App Actions Test Tool).
  3. Define an invocation name to use for invoking the App Actions (like "my test app"). This name is only for testing purposes, so it can be different from what you want to deploy to production later.
  4. Click Create Preview. Once your preview is created, the test tool window updates to display information about BIIs found in your shortcuts.xml file.

After you create a preview, you can then try using voice or written commands directly with Assistant on your test device.

If you run into any issues, check out the troubleshooting guide in our developer documentation.

Contribution guidelines

If you want to contribute to this project, be sure to review the contribution guidelines.

We use GitHub issues for tracking requests and bugs, please get support by posting your technical questions to Stack Overflow.

Report general issues with App Actions features or make suggestions for additional built-in intents through our public issue tracker.



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A sample that shows how to make Android Apps available from the Assistant using App Actions.







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