Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrations

Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrations

Google has been updating the Play Store app quite frequently from the last 2-3 months, but we haven't seen such a jump in versions, so this could indeed mean that there has been a lot of under the hood changes in this one if not any UI changes are there. So now it's very easy for the users who already have the assistant on their phones. In the Google Play Store Google Assistant isn't actually the app, but the other form of accessing its features. Well, that story gets a bit more interesting when you look closer at the Google Store.

The "Talk to NAB" app - which NAB claims is an Australian banking first - can be accessed via Google Assistant running on a Google Home device, or Android or iOS smartphones. The app acts like a shortcut to start the Google assistant instead of holding the home button on your smartphone. As usual, you can easily preview all icon packs in the gallery above. The publication notes that the creation of a standalone app may also help users include it as part of an automation tool like IFTTT or Tasker.

In effect, this allows the Google Assistant to distinguish between different voices, thereby allowing products such as Google Home to recognise different members of the family and tailor the responses and tasks according to each person and the associated Google account. The new setting doesn't exactly let you pick between "Female" and "Male", only "Voice I" and "Voice II", respectively.

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Other rumours have been bubbling away that Google may have been working on a Pixel branded smartwatch, though had that been the case we'd have expected to see it mentioned at Google's Pixel showcase yesterday.

Since its launch with the original Pixel and Pixel XL last fall, the Google Assistant has come a long way. This addition to the software gives devices their own personality and while manufacturers are humanising their AI assistants with more natural speech and intonation, adding gender into the mix will offer something for everyone.

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