Google Assistant is suddenly on its way to being everywhere. It's the heart of the new Google Home tabletop gadget, it's the secret sauce inside the new A.I.-enhanced Google Allo chat app, and it's a core feature of the new Pixel flagship phone. And all of that's just the start: Assistant will almost certainly be expanding onto even more Android devices (and non-Android devices) in the foreseeable future.
Make no mistake about it: This feeling of omnipresence is very much part of the plan. Google describes the Assistant as a universal friend -- a helping hand that knows you, learns from you, and is always there for you, no matter where you are or what type of interface you're using.
There's just one problem: Our universal friend seems to have a few different personalities. It's hard to know which one you're going to get in any given context -- and as a user, that makes it hard to know what Assistant can actually do and how you can use it.