Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrations

Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrations

Throughout the course of the event, various titbits of information on upgrades to Google Assistant were dropped in each presentation.

Google has made it no secret that AI and machine learning is its new obsession, and Google Assistant is the user-facing interface to all of that.

To access the male voice, users will need to go to the settings on their phone or in the Google Home app, then Preferences Assistant Voice.

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Google Assistant can be used to launch the apps, ask various questions and carry useful tasks.

While doing all that, little did I know that it was a feature that would, in a few hours, be rolling out to every single Android user whose device has the Google Assistant either enabled or accessible.

Earlier an APK teardown of version 7.12 showed a Voice II available on the Google Assistant. For those who have already set up Google voice assistant, the windows will take the user to the Assistant menu. The WaveNet natural speech generation technology that Google had showcased earlier a year ago has now been deployed in the latest update of the Assistant.

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In other, smaller yet convenient upgrades, the Google Assistant can now play well with Spotify voice commands. Routines will come soon to Google Assistant, but the power of them will be awesome.

Even if you are not a Nest owner, according to Google the feature will function with over 1000 smart home products of over 100 different brands. In short, if you make Spotify your default player on the Google Assistant, you won't have to specify "on Spotify" for music-specific commands. Including, at long last, the ability to change Assistant to use a male voice.

While the Pixel 2 and new Home speakers are definitely the stars of Google's latest show, the tie that bind them isn't going left behind.

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The idea is that Voice Match recognises people based on their vocal constructs, pitch, and tone. It also applies the setting to all your devices connected to the same Google account.

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