android - Google Actions does not work from OK Google. my app is not recognised


I have downloaded this basic example from google:

Now if I do:

adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -d ""

It will start my app. And the deeplink is being recognized. The example shows that I can do this by saying in Google Assistant:

Start running in fit actions

Now I do this, but this only gives me Google search responses, it does not start my app similar to the adb shell command. I did change the package name, so that it complies with my google-services.json file.

What am I doing wrong?

This is what I have in my Manifest:

        <!-- Required to support search action intents from Google Search -->
            <action android:name=""/>

            <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>

        <!-- Define your supported deeplinks -->
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW"/>

            <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE"/>


This is my actions.xml

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><!--


<!-- This file describes the supported actions by this app -->

<action intentName="actions.intent.START_EXERCISE">

    <!-- Each action requires at least one fulfillment that defines how the app will handle this action -->
    <!-- Define the urlTemplate in the format you define your deeplinks in AndroidManifest.xml -->

    <fulfillment urlTemplate="{?exerciseType}">

        <!-- Define how the actions parameters (intentParameter) is mapped in the urlTemplate above -->



    <!-- We can define our custom inline inventory, mapping a parameter to an entity set reference -->

    <parameter name="">
        <entity-set-reference entitySetId="ExerciseEntitySet"/>


<action intentName="actions.intent.STOP_EXERCISE">
    <fulfillment urlTemplate=""/>

<action intentName="actions.intent.GET_EXERCISE_OBSERVATION">

    <!-- You can define the fulfillment mode, it can be SLICE or DEEPLINK -->
    <!-- When slice is used, make sure you are supporting slices in your app -->
    <!-- Also, not that the urlTemplate must be of the style content://{slice_provider_authority}/... -->


        <!-- If a parameter is set as required, the action will only be fulfilled if the parameter is found -->
        <!-- That's why a fallback urlTemplate needs to be provided for such case. -->


        <!-- Note, that for the parameter above we are setting entityMatchRequired="true" -->
        <!-- This tells the Assistant to only use the entity set values to map this parameter -->
        <!-- Meaning that even if the assistant know how to identify the exercise (i.e "Climbing") -->
        <!-- if it's not defined in our entity set, the parameter won't be use. -->


    <!-- In case the exercise name is not found we fallback to the stats deep-link inside the app -->


    <!-- Same as the first action, we map the parameter name with out supported entity set. -->

    <parameter name="">
        <entity-set-reference entitySetId="ExerciseEntitySet"/>


<!-- Defines an entity set with our supported entities -->

<entity-set entitySetId="ExerciseEntitySet">

    <!-- For each entity you can specify the name, alternate names and the identifier -->
    <!-- The identifier is the value that will be added to the action uri. -->
    <!-- For our sample we map the supported entities with the class FitActivity.Type  -->


If I try App Actions Test Tool v2.00 it doesn't find the app. The exercise also always goes back to this format with

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After setting actions like this:

<action intentName="actions.intent.OPEN_APP_FEATURE">
    <fulfillment urlTemplate="{?feature}">

    <parameter name="featureType">
        <entity-set-reference entitySetId="EntitySet"/>

<entity-set entitySetId="EntitySet">

    <!-- For each entity you can specify the name, alternate names and the identifier -->
    <!-- The identifier is the value that will be added to the action uri. -->
    <!-- For our sample we map the supported entities with the class FitActivity.Type  -->


I get this when pressing on update preview in App Action Test Tool:

App Actions Test Tool v2.0.0
        Preview Creation Error
        Status Code: 400
        Message: Precondition check failed.
        - Parameter name 'featureType' is invalid for intent 'actions.intent.OPEN_APP_FEATURE.'
        - Parameter name 'featureType' is invalid for intent 'actions.intent.OPEN_APP_FEATURE.'

Any ideea why?

1 Answer: 

You need to first trigger the action using the App Actions Test Plugin:

Once you've installed the plugin, you'll find it under 'Tools' and you can define an invocation name for your app + parameters.

From then on, you can trigger it using "Ok Google".


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