It was really a fun surprise for users when Google announced, at I/O 2018, that its Assistant app is now going to support 6 new voices, especially its first celebrity voice from singer John Legend. In fact, the new Assistant voices are already added to the app which users can set to its default voice.
By adding new Assistant voices to it, the app now has total 8 voices in its repository, which includes 4 male and 4 female voices. Note that John Legend’s voice is not yet added to the app. As per Google announcement, the celebrity’s voice will be rolled out later this year but it surely occurs.
Google has confirmed the revamped Assistant will be available to users using Android 6.0 and later and 500+ devices will be able to benefit from it. To use Assistant voices, first, you’ll have to ensure that it is set up on your device and is configured to recognize your voice.
Try Out Google’s New Assistant Voices
To use these WaveNet-powered voices on your smartphone, follow the instructions below:
- First off, activate Google Assistant on your device. All you need to do is
- On Android: hold down the Home button
- On iOS: Launch the app after downloading it from the App store
- First, tap the blue box icon in the top-right corner of the display and then the three-dot icon at the same place
- Select Settings > Preference
- Tap Assistant Voice
- On the next screen, you’ll see a list of eight voices (6 new and 2 old)
- To watch the preview of how a voice sounds, tap the Speaker icon in front of the voice
- Select the voice you want to play as your Assistant’s voice by tapping on its name
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That’s all it takes! You can select different voices for different users by tweaking Preferences.
In case you don’t see the option of the revamped Assistant voices on your smartphone, head to the App store of your OS to update the Assistant app. If that doesn’t work, it’s perhaps because Google has not made it available for your device yet. Just wait for the next update to come to try out Google Assistant new voices on your smartphone.
Google also announced a new functionality of its virtual assistant, i.e. it can place calls for appointments at hair salons, restaurants, etc. along with checking businesses for available hours, all thanks to the Duplex technology for Google. This ability really sounds cool because it means a machine will have a conversation with a human. However, Google announced that it will be launched in the US first and be limited only to English for starting.
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