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

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Edmund Robinson | 10 May, 2018, 14:28

We've dramatically improved our language understanding so you can speak naturally to your Google Assistant and it will know what you mean.

University of Pennsylvania grad John Legend will soon be appearing on your local smart speaker sans music, thanks to a recently announced deal with Google to add the R&B crooner's voice to Google Assistant. In fact, now it can say things with six new voices. You could argue that they will still be able to harvest voice search data to tailor ads but if I'm looking at screens less, then I won't see them.

But Amazon hasn't been sitting still either, and there's still some areas where Google is playing catch-up. The inclusion of these new features seems like an attempt to catch up with Alexa. The most exciting part of the keynote at Google I/O was the demonstration of Google Duplex. Those 25 models will officially be certified as "Works with Google Assistant" appliances.

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




"Clearly he didn't spend all the time in the studio answering every possible question that you could ask", Pichai said. When kids say "Please" during a command, they would receive thanks from the virtual assistant in response. All you have to do is hit tab to keep auto-completing.

Google stated that these features would be rolling out in the next few months and with the smart speaker battle just heating up in India, it remains to be seen which assistant emerges victorious.

"Hey Google, order my usual from Starbucks." and the Assistant will fire up the Starbucks app, order your usual, then give you a confirmation and pickup time. In the future, you'll be able to do a lot more, with a lot more things.

Basically, Google Assistant and Google Home are getting smarter, friendlier, learning good manners, and making life easier. Those seven devices are: air conditioning units, air purifiers, coffee makers, fans, kettles, ovens, and sprinklers. 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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