Google is working on a new feature for Assistant on Android called “Memory” which could turn it into a handy organizer, according to a recent APK spotted by 9to5Google. The idea is that you can save screen content, images, reminders, ideas and more in one place and then find it with a smart search feature.
Depending on the screens in the app, you can store items in memory using a verbal command from the Google Assistant or use a shortcut on the Home screen. These include articles, books, contacts, events, flights, hotels, pictures, movies, music, notes, photos, places, playlists, products, recipes, reminders, restaurants, screenshots, shipments, TV shows, videos and websites. It will also record screenshots, URLs, location, and other information occurring in the context.
Once you’ve saved the items, you’ll be able to see them in a memory stream next to the current Snapshot menu. It will appear in reverse chronological order as cards titled “Older Memories” and “Today”. For some Google Drive items like Docs or Sheets, the map will show a preview. Depending on what you have stored, Google will allow you to perform actions like “Find Flight Status”, “Watch Trailer”, “Cook Time”, “Track Shipment”, etc. . If you have created reminders, they are also saved in memory.
All in all, Memory looks like a supercharged, free-form voice reminder app with advanced search capability that could help users stay more organized. At the moment, however, it’s still in testing – so there’s no word yet on when or even if it will launch to the public.