Google Home Plugin for Android Studio

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The Google Home Plugin for Android Studio is designed and created for Google Home Platform developers. This plugin gives you access to Google Assistant Simulator, Cloud Logging, and other tools to simplify your smart home development process.

Google Home Plugin for Android Studio

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Google Home Plugin for Android Studio

Features

Assistant Simulator

To test whether your smart home devices work properly with the Google Home ecosystem, you can interact with Assistant Simulator at any time without leaving Android Studio.

Similar to the existing Assistant Simulator provided in the Actions on Google Console Console, Assistant Simulator enables you to easily control your devices by typing your queries, for example, "Turn on the light." Inside Android Studio, Assistant Simulator responds back with text messages based on your commands, for example, "Alright, turning on the light."

Test with Assistant Simulator

View Cloud Logging

Cloud Logging provides debugging information and key metrics to give you insights into your Action's usage. To simplify development, the Google Home Plugin shows real-time Google Cloud Logging messages right next to your code during troubleshooting.

You can display real-time logs or select a date range.

Cloud Logging View

Batch Utterances

Assistant Simulator responses to a single utterance are not deterministic. For example, a response could be any of the following phrases:

  • Got it, turning on 2 lights.
  • Sure, turning on 2 lights.
  • Got it, turning 2 lights on.
  • Alright, turning 2 lights on.

To run automated tests and verify how your Google integrations work with these various responses, you can send batch utterances to the Assistant Simulator by running utterance scripts. Once a script is saved, you can collect responses and run multiple tests against your queries.

Home Graph Viewer

Home Graph Viewer allows you to display the state of your devices and launch the Google Home Test Suite in your browser.

Download

  1. Download and install Android Studio.

    Download Android Studio

  2. Download Google Home Plugin for Android Studio. Unzip the downloaded file to extract the plugin file.

    Download Google Home Plugin

Install

To install the Google Home Plugin from Android Studio, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch Android Studio.
  2. Select Plugins.
  3. Click the settings icon , then select Install Plugin from Disk....

    Install Plugin from Disk

Setup

Once you've installed the plugin, you'll need to complete the following steps before you can use Assistant Simulator and view Cloud Logging:

Sign in with Google

You can sign in to your developer account from the Google Home panel, authorizing Android Studio to communicate with Google services on your behalf.

  1. Click the Google Home tab in the vertical tab column on the left side of the Android Studio window.

  2. For Sign in with, click Google to launch your browser.

    Android Studio Google Sign In
  3. Choose the account that is linked with your smart home devices.

  4. On the Sign in with Google authorization page, click Allow.

  5. Close the browser window, and return to Android Studio.

You should now be logged in, with the option to Sign Out.

Select a Cloud project

After signing-in, select a Project from the dropdown. To filter your project list, type a Filter expression, for example matter, then press Enter.

The Project dropdown loads the first 100 projects based on your Filter. Your selections are retained when you exit Android Studio.

Select a Project

For help with project filters, refer to Query parameters in Google Cloud Reference.

Use the Assistant Simulator

To open the Assistant Simulator in Android Studio, click Utterances Panel from the Google Home Plugin panel.

Open Utterances Panel

There are several ways to send queries to the Assistant Simulator. Next, we'll go over each option.

Type queries and collect responses

To interact with the Assistant Simulator, type your query and press Enter.

You can resend a query by clicking the resend icon at the end of your query.

After submitting one or more queries, click Replay to re-run your queries and check your responses. The Utterances panel keeps track of your queries and responses in a stored cache. Replay only adds new responses to this internal cache, and won't duplicate your queries every time you click the button.

Replay Utterances with Assistant Simulator

Click Save to save the queries and responses that you've entered in the Utterances panel. Your interactions are converted to JSON in the following format:

  • ask: Your query.
  • answers: An array of possible Assistant Simulator responses.

You can edit this JSON file in Android Studio.

{
  "collected": false,
  "lines": [
    {
      "ask": "turn lights on",
      "answers": [
        "OK, turning 2 lights on.",
        "Sure, turning on 2 lights."
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Collect batch responses

From the Google Home Plugin panel, click Utterances File to open your saved JSON files in a new tab. For Select Path, you can choose a file or a folder. If you choose a folder, Collect and Test will work on all utterances .json files in that folder.

You can open multiple tabs for the same file or different files, for example lights, lights(1), and plug.

The Status Bar displays the result of your last test (if applicable), a yellow or green dot to indicate if the file has been collected, and the utterance .json file path. After you click Collect, the Assistant Simulator runs your queries. You'll be notified when a new response is collected, and the Status Bar displays a counter while your queries are being processed.

Collect Utterances with Assistant Simulator

When Collect completes, the Status Bar updates with a green check in front of your .json path, and your utterance files are populated with possible responses.

Collect Utterances with Assistant Simulator
{
  "collected": true,
  "lines": [
    {
      "ask": "turn lights on",
      "answers": [
        "OK, turning 2 lights on.",
        "Sure, turning on 2 lights.",
        "Sure, turning 2 lights on.",
        "Got it, turning 2 lights on.",
        "Alright, turning on 2 lights.",
        "OK, turning on 2 lights.",
        "Got it, turning on 2 lights.",
        "Alright, turning 2 lights on."
      ]
    }
  ]
}

If you Stop the collection early, your .json path will not be marked as collected.

Test batch utterances

Once you've collected your responses, click Test to replay your queries and check your responses and logs. When you test batch utterances, the Assistant Simulator expects the responses that are saved to your JSON file. If your test returns a response that hasn't been collected, you'll receive a notification that's similar to the following response:

Expected one of: "Got it, turning on 2 lights."

Run Utterances with Assistant Simulator

This scenario indicates an unsuccessful test. Otherwise, the Assistant Simulator will run each of your queries and return a response. A check displays in the Status Bar if the test was successful.

Run Utterances with Assistant Simulator

View Cloud Logging

To open a project tab in the Cloud Logging tool window, click Cloud Logs from the Google Home Plugin panel. You can open separate Cloud Log tabs for each of your projects.

Cloud Logging Tabs

Query terms

For your selected project, you can also filter logs using the Query field. For example, to filter logs for a keyword of light:

Cloud Logging Query

Select Use QL to use Logging query language.

Cloud Logging Query Language

Here are a few examples of QL queries to help you get started:

severity = (DEBUG OR INFO OR NOTICE OR WARNING OR ERROR OR CRITICAL OR ALERT OR EMERGENCY) AND resource.type="assistant_action_project" AND timestamp > "2022-04-07T00:40:18Z"
jsonPayload.executionLog.executionResults.actionResults.action.trait = "TRAIT_ON_OFF"
jsonPayload.executionLog.executionResults.actionResults.action.actionType = "ONOFF_ON"

Date and time queries

Querying logs by date is also optional, and can be enabled by clicking After and Before. You can type your date and time format in the text field provided, for example 5/11/22, 12:37 PM, or you can use the date pickers to select your date, then enter the time in the text field.

  • To select a date after 5/1/22, select After and click the date icon .
  • To select a date before 5/1/22, select Before and click the date icon .
  • To select a date between 5/1/22 and 6/30/22, select Before and After and choose your dates from the date icon .

Select Real time to fetch live project logs. Click Stop to end a real-time feed.

Severity level

You can also select a Minimal Severity from the dropdown.

Query results

Click Fetch to submit your query parameters.

Once logs are loaded, click any record to expand the full JSON payload. Click again to display the full message.

Optionally, you can type a key word in the Filter box to narrow your log results. Click the x to remove your filter and go back to the original fetch results.

View Cloud Logging

View Home Graph and Run Tests

To list your devices, select Home Graph from the Google Home Plugin panel.

Click Refresh to display the Device name, Device id, and Device type for your devices associated with the selected project. You can have multiple Google Home Graph panels open for separate projects.

Once your devices are loaded, click any record to expand the full JSON payload.

Home Graph JSON Payload

You can also use Expand and Collapse to display and hide the JSON payloads for your devices.

Home Graph Expand and Collapse JSON

To launch the Test Suite for a specific device, click Test. This launches the Test Suite in your browser with your device selected and ready to test. Click Start and wait for the test results.

Home Graph Run Tests

You can check the test details and view the logs once the tests complete.

Home Graph Completed Tests

Resources and feedback

Click Resources for a list of developer tools and resources.

To submit your thoughts or feedback on how we can improve the development experience with the Google Home Plugin, click Feedback.

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