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Custom routines for Google Assistant are going live

Google is bringing its Assistant to smart screens like the Lenovo Smart Display Google is bringing its Assistant to smart screens like the Lenovo Smart Display
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Meanwhile, Google is adding a new Editorial Picks section to the Assistant's Explore page. The technology allows Google to turn popular voices from the likes of John Legend, and others, into voice that powers your Google Assistant interactions with smartphone or Google Home. In fact, now it can say things with six new voices. "But having options or switching the default voice away from female might create an interesting landscape that has new cultural meaning".

Google's voice assistant has six new voices, including a gender neutral option and one from John Legend. That brings the total to eight different voices you can talk to, with, and communicate daily. Increasingly I find myself googling simple things while watching TV (with Amazon's Alexa) and asking quick questions in my auto using my phone - "hey, Siri". The Assistant will be able to clearly relay the context of the call, understand any long or complex responses and then mark down the details in your calendar.

With the launch of Custom Routines, Google is replacing the Shortcut feature.

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It's no surprise then, that Google spent a considerable amount of time and effort getting developers and customers excited about its own voice-controlled services during the I/O conference. It would also teach children to use polite language when interacting with the Google Assistant's "Pretty Please feature".

Pretty PleaseAssistant features for families-powered by Family Link-provides free family-friendly games, activities, and stories from content partners like Disney. You can ask Google two completely separate questions (for example "What is the weather and who do the Cavaliers play tonight?"), you'll get back two distinct answers. When a kid asks the Google Home or Assistant something, using words like please and thank you will be understood, appreciated, and rewarded. Moreover, for that, you don't need to speak the whole order out-loud. We will keep you guys updated. Alexa can also vary the intonation and speaking volume more than Google. Nonetheless, for Google Home users, it's a good news.

Google revealed that nine new device types now work natively with Google Assistant. We'll update as these features are released or roll out.

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