Google Assistant learns new tricks, like better lists

01 December, 2018, 02:23 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Signage for the Google Assistant is displayed during CES 2018

This is especially aimed at children who are now encouraged to say "please" and "thank you" when talking to the Assistant.

Google is pretty much widening the intelligence gap between its increasingly versatile virtual assistant and rivals from Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft every month or so, with the latest batch of updates and feature enhancements specifically aimed at helping you "survive the busy holiday season". Your Assistant will often respond with something like, "Thanks for asking so nicely".

"Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes". It now comes with a musical touch that you can experience by saying "Hey Google, Call Santa".

In addition to the Pretty Please feature, the Google Assistant has received the ability to create notes and lists simply by using your voice.

With this, you can use Google Assistant on your phone to speak through your smart displays at home like an intercom.

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Alternatively, if you have a Play Music subscription and an Assistant-powered smart display, you can see synchronized lyrics appear on-screen. This means you can now watch synchronised lyrics of the song you're playing on your Smart Display. You can create a group to manage multiple appliances at once, set up a schedule to turn them on and off automatically, or just leave them be to charge.

Further, the Keyword Blog confirmed that Google is working to add support for third-party list apps, including Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.

Have a Smart Display? Just say, "Hey Google, play "Jingle Bell Rock" on Google Play Music". You can also quickly hide a photo from your ambient screen or favorite a photo to be enjoyed again at a later time.

They say life imitates art - and in this case, "art" is Smart House, the 1999 Disney Channel original movie about a family whose life is controlled by PAT, their home's artificially intelligent personal assistant.

Furthermore, the Google Assistant has received the ability to read along with a book. The firm is starting wit Mickey's Christmas Carol, and offers over 50 titles including Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Starting today, that collection includes picks from Nickelodeon like Dora the Explorer, PAW Patrol, and Monster Machines.

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