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Responses

When you build an Action for the Assistant, you design your conversations for a variety of surfaces, such as a voice-centric conversation for voice-activated speakers or a visual conversation on a surface that the Assistant supports. This approach lets users get things done quickly through either voice or visual affordances.

As you build your fulfillment, you can select from a variety of engaging response types for the Assistant to present to users:

  • Simple responses: Simple responses take the form of a chat bubble visually and use text-to-speech (TTS) or Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) for sound. Simple responses cannot be used on screen-only experiences, and other response types always include at least one simple response.
  • Rich responses: Rich responses add visual or functional elements to a simple response to enhance user interactions with your Action. With rich responses, you can also display tabular data or play longer-form audio content.
  • Visual selection responses: Visual selection responses provide a visual interface for users to choose between multiple options that are most easily differentiated by their title or by an image.

For more visual or immersive experiences, consider building with Interactive Canvas instead.