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You can now set John Legend’s voice to Google Assistant for some reason

This is cool, I guess.

I can almost say with complete confidence that this is a feature literally no one asked for, but hey, here we are. Starting today, Google Assistant can now talk to you like John Legend.

Back in May of last year, Google said it had plans for adding celebrity cameos to Google Assistant. At its annual I/O event, the company mentioned that John Legend would be one of the first celebrity voices making its way to Assistant. At the time, most of us in the business figured that this was more of a marketing ploy than anything, but as it turns out, they weren’t joking around.

To get John Legend’s voice up and running on Google Assistant, just say “Hey Google, talk like a Legend.” Additionally, you can head over to the Assistant’s settings and switch out the default voice to his.

Functionality is limited though

The assistant won’t reply to every question in Legend’s voice. Instead, the singer recorded a number of replies to specific queries. Some of those queries include:

  • “Are you John Legend?”
  • “What’s your favorite type of music?”
  • “Who is Chrissy Teigen?”
  • “Tell me a joke.”

Again, Legends voice isn’t available for every answer. If his voice is unable to answer a query, you’ll get the default Assistant voice.

If you’re a John Legend fan, I can see how this could be a fun feature to add to your Google Assistant. But given the fact that he can only reply to a specific set of questions, I don’t see how this is convenient in any way. But hey, Google says “cameo voices” are among Assistant’s most requested features, so I guess you have to give the people what they want.

If you prefer someone other than John Legend or just want to switch up the default voice, we have a really handy guide on how to change the voice on Google’s Assistant here.

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