Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Impressive AI-powered features arriving to Google Assistant

Sundar Pichai Impressive AI-powered features arriving to Google Assistant
| 10 May, 2018, 14:30

The "All of Me" hitmaker is providing one of six new personalities for the artificial intelligence software, which will be unveiled in the tech giant's line of electronics later this year.

Google has just shown us why Assistant is now the smartest voice assistant, but they also showed how they are making it the most fun by adding different voices to replace the default voice we have grown accustomed to. Google Assistant also received some new features as well as lots of upgrades that somewhat affirms that it is geared to take Alexa head on.

Google is launching "Multiple Actions", it will help the Google Assistant better understand your query when you've got a lot on your mind. With these new voice options, users will now be able to choose between four different female voices, and four different male voices.

Perhaps the most exciting (and scary) feature coming to the Assistant is that it can make phone calls for you.


These phones calls happen for you, behind the scenes, thanks to the power of Google Duplex, and the Google Assistant.

After selecting a particular voice, you can tap on the speaker icon on the right to preview each voice, before selecting one. Tell your device "I'm Home" and it'll turn on the lights, set the temperature, turn on your TV, or even start a music playlist. And a 2017 industry report by MindShareWorld found that more than a quarter of users fantasize about having sex with their voice assistant. You just need to surf through menus and order from different places like Applebee's and Starbucks.

Later this year, Lenovo will launch the Google Assistant's first smart display, it will come in both 8 and 10 inch screens.

Now, seven new device types are being added to the native controls in Assistant. This includes things like connected blinds, kettles, ovens, refrigerators, fans, air purifiers, coffee makers, and sprinklers. This gives us direct integration for more smart home products, which makes everything easier. Nonetheless, for Google Home users, it's a good news. 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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