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It’s true, Google Assistant features just got better

Google continues to tweak and improve their entry in the voice assistant market.

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At this year’s I/O conference, Google has announced some new Google Assistant features that will make the voice software even better and as CNET contends, smarter. Here’s a quick look at some of those features, which will be rolling out to users later this year.

Miss Manners, meet Google

We could probably all improve our manners. With the new Pretty Please feature, your voice assistant will respond positively to polite phrasing such as “please” and thank you.” You can even prompt your child to say “the magic word.”

Create a routine

Google Routines, which sounds a lot like Apple HomeKit Scenes, lets you launch simultaneous actions with a single phrase you create. For example, you can use a basic voice command to play music, explain your daily calendar, and tell you about the traffic to work.

Sounds very cool, no?

From Google,

Earlier this year we launched six ready-made Routines to help you get multiple things done with a single command. 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. For example, you can create a Custom Routine for family dinner, and kick it off by saying “Hey Google, dinner’s ready” and the Assistant can turn on your favorite music, turn off the TV, and broadcast “dinner time!” to everyone in the house. Later this summer, you’ll be able to schedule Routines for a specific day or time either using the Assistant app or through the Google Clock app for Android.

Sticking around longer

To add a more conversational feel, Google Assistant will now keep listening for up to eight seconds after you give a command. In doing so, you’ll no longer have repeat the phrases “Hey, Google” or “OK, Google.”

Phoning home

You’ll soon be able to use Google Assistant to call a regular phone number on both Google Home and Android devices. In doing so, you can have a conversation with the other person on the line.

Finally, one of the coolest new Google Assistant features

Later this year, Google Assistant will gain six new voices. Both female and male, the voices can respond to different people in your household once it learns your timbre and cadence. For example, you might have a male voice for yourself, but a female voice for your children. One of the new voices will sound familiar. It’s celebrity singer John Legend.

Which new Google Assistant features are you interested in learning more about the most? Let us know below.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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