Google Assistant is finding her (or his) voice. At Google's developer conference this year the company introduced six new voices and they're now available. The new voices, three female and three male, are said to be more realistic because they include pauses and intonation, and they better approximate the way real people speak. To be sure, they still don't sound totally realistic but they do remove a bit of the monotone from the basic Assistant voice. Switching between them is simple and should only take a few seconds.
LG has officially joined the ranks of appliance makers that support more than one voice assistant. The electronics giant has announced that its current collection of ThinQ-branded appliances now takes commands from both Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. The amount of control you'll have will vary, of course, but there are common elements: you can make ice in your fridge door, turn off the oven or cool down with your air conditioner. This isn't the first company to officially support more than one voice assistant, but those brands are still few and far between. LG is certainly one of the largest given its international scope.
It is speculated that a form of auction-based advertising will be established for voice search and personal assistants. Of course it will, as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others have always monetized content delivery. When the opportunity arises to pay to ensure your content is delivered first to personal assistants through voice search, it is critical you are ready with a foundational data set and content in the preferred formats of the assistants--think Amazon Skills for Alexa or SDK for Apple's Siri. Time will tell how we will buy, but it will most likely be auction-based. The first here may be Google Assistant using Google's paid local ads that they recently launched because it provides answers to questions around business information like locations that google has sometimes relied on third parties for previously.
You can now choose from six new voices for your Google Assistant. With AI and WaveNet technology, we can better mimic the subtleties of the human voice--the pitch, pace and, um, the pauses. And the Google Assistant will be able to understand when you're talking to it versus someone else, and respond accordingly. 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. Smart Display devices will be available this summer, bringing the simplicity of voice and the Google Assistant together with a rich visual experience.