No Need To Say "Hey Google" Every time You Command Google Assistant

10 May, 2018, 11:38 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Assistant will be pleasing to the ear but not just for our enjoyment

The company just announced a raft of new features for the Google Assistant at its I/O developer conference, and for once, there's things that Alexa is going to struggle to match. This time Google is revamping nearly everything. The search giant also demonstrated its new efforts called Duplex, where the Assistant made an actual phone call to book an appointment.

At Google I/O 2018 yesterday, the company announced that there are six new voices coming to the Google Assistant, a welcome change from the male and female voices now available. So what's special about these voices? Now Google is attempting to improve with a new array of voices. With the help of this, we can generate speech which mimics any human voice and sounds much more natural. This isn't just Google Assistant indiscriminately listening to everything you say; even with Continued Conversations, the Assistant is still able to tell the difference between the things you're saying to it and a separate chat you could be having with a friend. But with advancements in AI and WaveNet technology from DeepMind, we can now create new voices in just a few weeks and are able to capture subtleties like pitch, pace, and all the pauses that convey meaning, so that voices are natural-sounding and unique. The voices are different from each other in terms of speech and speed. Can you guess which one is the musician?

You can try out these different voices to see if you find it better than the default one. With Multiple Actions, Google Assistant will also be able to follow through on two or more commands listed in the same query. Now you can tap "Assistant voice" and test out Voices 1 through 8. It is the company's newest artificial intelligence engine for natural language. There will also be a Wind Down feature, which will wash out the colors on your screen to grayscale at your selected bedtime to remind you to put the phone down and get to sleep. But, you will receive a connection error everytime you will play it.

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You can also now ask multiple questions on the go. All you have to do is hit tab to keep auto-completing. It will nudge children to use polite language when interacting with the Google Assistant's "Pretty Please feature". Especially when the day comes when we no longer know how to operate these devices without Google Assistant.

Don't want to miss any update on OnePlus 6? As the Huffington Post recently noted, half a billion Apple devices have Siri on them; Amazon sold tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices during the 2017 holiday shopping spree, and Microsoft's Cortana has nearly 150 million active monthly users.

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