Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Penn alum John Legend's voice is coming to Google Assistant

Penn alum John Legend's voice is coming to Google Assistant

Under the umbrella of "Google Assistant", the tech giant unveiled plenty of features that push the boundaries for AI technology, voice assistants and smart home devices, bringing users fresh voices, appointment bookings, family features as well as customizable settings based on routines. With the latter, users can enter any command or choose from a list of popular ones grouped around home control, plan your day, communication, your devices, or a custom text response. It provides interactive activities through the Google Home. And surprisingly they are now available to some users. "But it's not strictly interchangeable between genders". One of those voices is the voice of celebrity soul singer John Legend. The Google Assistant is available on more than 500 million devices and will be available in more than 30 languages and 80 countries by the end of the year. The feature would be rolled it out to all users this month.

As an added feature, you can assign different Google Assistant voices to respond to different people.

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Google Assitant now has three new male voices and three new female voices. You can now choose the one which sounds better to you. "Passion gets you a lot further", Legend said. The voices were developed using Wavenet, a technology that comes from Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence research unit, which the company acquired in 2014. To do that, head over to the Google App and look for the menu and hit "Settings", then go to "Google Assistant Settings" and tap "Preferences".

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Add some color to your grandpa's prom pic. 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. This feature has been one of our top requests and you'll be able to turn on Continued Conversation in the coming weeks.

Google also announced an optional feature that will reward polite kids with replies, such as "Thanks for saying please", "What a nice way to ask me", and "You're very polite".

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Amazon started the current trend of voice assistants when it launched the Amazon Echo four years ago.

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