At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced that it is opening up its Smart Display platform to developers. Until now, there was no real way for developers to target devices like the newly-renamed Nest Hub. Only Google’s own first-party services got full access to the display. Now, however, Developers will be able to start developing Google Assistant actions for these displays, starting with games.
To enable this, Google is launching Interactive Canvas, a new API that allows developers to create full-screen experiences. This will actually work across Android and smart displays.
Over time, the company plans to open up the smart display platform to other third-party experiences as well. When exactly that will happen remains to be seen, though. The only timeline Google is committing to is ‘soon.’