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Google Assistant SDK for devices - Android Things

This sample shows how to call the Google Assistant Service from Android Things using gRPC. It records a spoken request from the connected microphones, sends it to the Google Assistant API and plays back the Assistant's spoken response on the connected speaker.

Note: The Android Things Console will be turned down for non-commercial use on January 5, 2022. For more details, see the FAQ page.


Run the sample

  1. Create or open a project in the Actions Console
  2. Follow the instructions to register a device model
  3. Download client_secret_XXXX.json
  4. Configure the OAuth consent screen for your project
  5. Install the google-oauthlib-tool in a Python 3 virtual environment:
python3 -m venv env
env/bin/python -m pip install --upgrade pip setuptools
env/bin/pip install --upgrade google-auth-oauthlib[tool]
source env/bin/activate
google-oauthlib-tool --client-secrets client_secret_XXXX.json \
                     --credentials app/src/main/res/raw/credentials.json \
                     --scope \
  • Make sure to set the Activity Controls for the Google Account using the application.
  • On the first install, grant the sample required permissions for audio and internet access:
./gradlew assembleDebug
adb install -g app/build/outputs/apk/debug/app-debug.apk
  • On Android Studio, click on the "Run" button or on the command line, type:
./gradlew installDebug
adb shell am start com.example.androidthings.assistant/.AssistantActivity
  • Try the assistant demo:

    • Press the button: recording starts.
    • Ask a question in the microphone. After your question is finished, recording will end.
    • The Google Assistant answer should playback on the speaker.

Audio Configuration

By default the sample routes audio to the I2S Voice Hat on Raspberry Pi 3 and default audio on other boards (on-board Line out or HDMI/USB if connected).

You can change those mappings by changing the USE_VOICEHAT_I2S_DAC constant or replacing the audio configuration in the onCreate method of AssistantActivity with one of the following:

// Force using on-board Line out:
audioInputDevice = findAudioDevice(AudioManager.GET_DEVICES_INPUTS, AudioDeviceInfo.TYPE_BUILTIN_MIC);
audioOutputDevice = findAudioDevice(AudioManager.GET_DEVICES_OUTPUTS, AudioDeviceInfo.TYPE_BUILTIN_SPEAKER);

// Force using USB:
audioInputDevice = findAudioDevice(AudioManager.GET_DEVICES_INPUTS, AudioDeviceInfo.TYPE_USB_DEVICE);
audioOutputDevice = findAudioDevice(AudioManager.GET_DEVICES_OUTPUTS, AudioDeviceInfo.TYPE_USB_DEVICE);

// Force using I2S:
audioInputDevice = findAudioDevice(AudioManager.GET_DEVICES_INPUTS, AudioDeviceInfo.TYPE_BUS);
audioOutputDevice = findAudioDevice(AudioManager.GET_DEVICES_OUTPUTS, AudioDeviceInfo.TYPE_BUS);

Device Actions

With Device Actions, you can control hardware connected to your device. In this sample, you can turn on and off the LED attached to your Android Things board.

Follow the guide here to learn how to register your device.

  • After you register your device model and id, replace the device model and instance PLACEHOLDER values in AssistantActivity:
private static final String DEVICE_MODEL_ID = "my-device-model-id";
private static final String DEVICE_INSTANCE_ID = "my-device-instance-id";
  • Handle a Device Actions response if you get one.
mEmbeddedAssistant = new EmbeddedAssistant.Builder()
    .setConversationCallback(new ConversationCallback() {
        public void onDeviceAction(String intentName, JSONObject parameters) {
            // Check the type of command
            if (intentName.equals("action.devices.commands.OnOff")) {
                try {
                    boolean turnOn = parameters.getBoolean("on");
                } catch (JSONException e) {
                    Log.e(TAG, "Cannot get value of command", e);
                } catch (IOException e) {
                    Log.e(TAG, "Cannot set value of LED", e);

Try it:

  • "Turn on"
  • "Turn off"

The LED should change states based on your command.

Enable auto-launch behavior

This sample app is currently configured to launch only when deployed from your development machine. To enable the main activity to launch automatically on boot, add the following intent-filter to the app's manifest file:

<activity ...>

        <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.HOME"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>



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