How the rise of voice search puts pressure on Google's business model

10 May, 2018, 14:32 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • Assistant will be pleasing to the ear but not just for our enjoyment

As Pichai explained, Wavenet will extrapolate Legend's voice for specific questions and requests for use in Google Assistant. Starting today, we're rolling out Custom Routines, which allow you to create your own Routine with any of the Google Assistant's one million Actions, and start your routine with a phrase that feels best for you. Don't forget to let us know in the comments if you can test out this new Assistant voices. "But having options or switching the default voice away from female might create an interesting landscape that has new cultural meaning". 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.

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Google Home, Whirlpool Corporation has made several improvements to the voice-command capabilities among its connected product lines. The Assistant will be able to clearly relay the context of the call, understand any long or complex responses and then mark down the details in your calendar.

At the conference, the company also said that Google Photos is getting a ton of new features based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Amazon started the current trend of voice assistants when it launched the Amazon Echo four years ago. "It's so complicated. And I think a lot of designers are looking for what is the "right answer" [as in, whose is the "right" voice for these virtual assistants] and it's raising a lot of questions". For parents concerned about their kids rudely bossing the Assistant around, the "Pretty Please" feature powered by Family Link being introduced later this year will offer positive reinforcement to children who ask for things nicely, and say "please" and "thank you", to encourage polite conversation.

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After selecting a particular voice, you can tap on the speaker icon on the right to preview each voice, before selecting one. "Passion gets you a lot further", Legend said.

Google conducted their I/O developer conference in California on Tuesday and gave the world a glimpse of new updates they are bringing on their varied platforms. We'll update as these features are released or roll out.

Now, seven new device types are being added to the native controls in Assistant.

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