Google is changing the Google Assistant, removing and changing dozens of features that some of you may have become accustomed to. With these changes, Google also has laid off hundreds of employees who worked on Google Assistant. Here is a list of changes coming to the Google Assistant starting on January 26:Playing and controlling audiobooks on Google Play Books with your voice. Using App Launcher in Google Assistant driving mode on Google Maps to read and send messages, make calls, and control media. With these changes, Google has laid off hundreds of employees working on Google Assistant.