Your Google Assistant has become smarter; find out its new skills

Google CEO Sundar Pichai talks about Google Assistant during a product event in San Francisco. Google is likely to again put artificial intelligence in the spotlight at its annual developers conference

Google's voice assistant has six new voices, including a gender neutral option and one from John Legend. Rather than demanding your computerized assistant around, you can now say "please" and "thank you" as you would to a real person, and Google Assistant will understand.

Google also just changed the Assistant so that you only have to use the trigger phrase (Hey Google) to begin a conversation. But with advancements in AI and WaveNet technology from DeepMind, we can now create new voices in just a few weeks and are able to capture subtleties like pitch, pace, and all the pauses that convey meaning, so that voices are natural-sounding and unique. The voice you select here, will be voice that will play every time you summon and interact with Google Assistant on your smartphone or Google Home speaker.

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.

Two other features that will make conversations with Google Assistant more natural are called Multiple Actions and Pretty Please.

You can also switch the gender of Siri, Alexa and Cortana's voices by going into the settings for your personal assistant app.

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It's the only voice assistant without a human name, but it's finally serving up more personality.

The Google Assistant had a lot to say this year at Google's annual IO developer event. You can set an App Timer to set limits on how long you use certain apps, and you'll get a notification when your time is nearly up - and then the app will be grayed-out on your screen to remind you not to touch it.

Finally, after showing off Google Assistant in Google Maps (also coming this summer), Pichai returned to the stage to share the most impressive demo of the day. All you have to do is hit tab to keep auto-completing.

Experience Google Home incredible features which may you have wanted ever. Those 25 models will officially be certified as "Works with Google Assistant" appliances. Although, you will be able to see the list of different voices in the French language. Google says that it supports 5,000 devices, although that's constantly being updated.

Basically, Google Assistant and Google Home are getting smarter, friendlier, learning good manners, and making life easier. 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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