Google might want to offer you more ways to interact with Google Assistant rather than just voice command in the near future. The latest teardown of the Android search app’s beta code indicates a keyboard icon, as well as a text box. Once this feature is launched, you might be able to type your Assistant searches. All you have to do is just tap the keyboard icon and there will be a text box for written input. This is a key to integrating chat bots in Google Assistant while you’re fine with only voice commands. And this feature is definitely secure if you don’t want to disclose your queries to everyone within earshot.
Starting a search might also get easier as something called “Search gestures” has been found in the latest beta build. Albeit nothing is confirmed about this feature, the name suggests instead of tapping the search bar you’ll have to just swipe down the screen. This feature is useful specifically for tabs and phones with larger displays, where it’s quite difficult to reach across the display.
The exploration also suggests that the new features of Google Assistant could take months or more to be available via a server-side or an entire app update. Both the additions are quite important and you can test those feature on your mobile by downloading the Google beta 6.10 .apk file here.