The Google Assistant, Google’s voice assistant that powers the Google app on Android phones, tablets, and Google Home, has just gotten a major downgrade.
In a move reminiscent of all the forced and user-hostile Google+ integrations, Google has gutted the Google Assistant’s shopping list functionality in order to turn it into a big advertisement for Google’s shopping site, Google Express.
The shopping list has been a major feature of the Google Assistant. You can say “Add milk to my shopping list,” and the Google Assistant would dutifully store this information somewhere.

The shopping list used to live in Google Keep. Keep is Google’s primary note taking app, making it a natural home for the shopping list with lots of useful tools and management options. Now the shopping list lives in Google Express.

Express is an online shopping site, and it has no business becoming a dedicated place to store a shopping list that probably has nothing to do with Google’s online marketplace.
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