Voice control was all the rage at CES 2017 and this year's show appears to continue the trend. This time, another big name in audio is getting into the game: Klipsch. The company will have options for both Alexa and Google Assistant, so you'll have some choice when it comes to the new feature and new audio gear.
Sometimes, the same old robot voice just won't cut it. Sure, we may be living in the digital age, but not everything has to sound like it. And with Google's virtual assistant becoming more conversational with every update, you'll want to choose a voice you don't mind interacting with several times throughout the day, every day. Google has programmed eight different voice options in a variety of human-like pitches to give the virtual assistant life. These voices are different than the one you may have heard in real life or TV ads.
At the annual I/O developers conference on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that users now have six additional options for their Assistant's voice, one of which is that of famed singer/songwriter John Legend. The new voices arrive thanks to the company's work with Wavenet technology over the last year. They'll be available for both mobile and the Google Home beginning later today. Click here to catch up on the latest news from Google I/O 2018!
Alexa is absolutely crushing the smart assistant competition. Amazon's line of AI voice-controlled Echo speakers gobbled up a massive 70.7 percent of the marketshare in the first forecast on digital assistant usage by business research firm eMarketer. Alexa-enabled devices lapped the next closest competitor, Google, by nearly 50 percent of the marketshare, as just 23.8 percent of users reported they'll use the Home speaker. "Others," which include offerings from Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon, and Mattel, hold just 5.6 percent of users. The forecast reports 35.6 million Americans said they'll use a voice-activated assistant device -- defined as a "standalone device whose core functionality is a voice-enabled digital assistant" -- at least once a month this year.
Dish launched Alexa support for its Hopper and Wally set-top boxes last year, so the devices can already do your bidding with just a spoken command. Now, the satellite TV provider is giving you another voice control option: one that should make you happy if you prefer Google's AI to Amazon's. So long as you have an Android device, an iPhone loaded with the AI's app or an Assistant device such as a Home speaker or a Home mini, you can navigate its channels and shows with your voice. You can ask Assistant to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and adjust the volume of what you're watching. If you have no idea what to watch, you can also search for shows based on channel, title, actor and genre.