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Google is testing a "save and find all" update for the Assistant

note app, Pocket queue, and Pinterest board

Memory is a new feature for Google Assistant that combines a to-do list, a notes app, a Pocket-style reading list, and a Pinterest-style collecting board into an one overarching digital vault linked into the wider Google Assistant app, according to reports.

According to 9to5Google, Memory can save a huge variety of content, including “articles, books, contacts, events, flights, hotels, images, movies, music, notes, photos, places, playlists, products, recipes, reminders, restaurants, screenshots, shipments, TV shows, videos, and websites.”

While Assistant already has a Memory feature for saving information (like a bike lock combination or a favorite flavor of cake), the new iteration of Memory appears to be a major upgrade, one that seems to integrate the “Collections” feature that preceded it and be given top billing on the main menu bar alongside Assistant’s daily snapshot view.

The idea is that you’ll be able to save nearly anything, including links or screenshots, pictures of objects or handwritten notes, or digital to-do lists or reminders. Memory will then let you search, sort, and revisit everything you’ve saved.

Depending on what you’re saving, Memory will also include contextual information: save a recipe, for instance, and it’ll show the cooking time. Save a movie you wanted to watch, and it’ll include a link to the trailer. And of course, Google-based items you save (like Google Docs or uploaded Drive files) will get customized preview cards.

Users may utilize a Google Assistant query or a newly introduced home screen shortcut to save items to Memory. Saved things can be categorized (with categories like "Important" or "Read Later"), sorted, and searched once they've been put to Memory.