Ok Google, ask City Cinema what’s playing tonight

Continuing my drive to spread the City Cinema film schedule as far and wide as possible into cyberspace, I’ve got a “Google Action” all ready to go. It’s working, in private “preview” mode, on both my Google Home device here in the office, and in Google Assistant on my Android phone.

I’ve reached a stumbling block with getting it approved for public release by Google, though: when I try to use “City Cinema” as the “invocation name” I get an error about a “reserved brand name”:

Google API Manager screen show showing invocation name error

I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do to under “Connected Properties,” and I’ve been back and forth several times, fruitlessly, with the Google Actions support. I’ve submitted another request today, and hope I’m more successful.

In the meantime, here’s what it looks like:

Screen shot of Google Assistant on my Nextbit Robin


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Peter Rukavina on March 10, 2017 - 09:51 Permalink

An update: the Google Actions API team has sent my request to use the invocation word “City Cinema” to the “whitelisting” team. Stay tuned!