CES 2020: Google Assistant gets a slew of new features
Google has made a few announcements forGoogle Assistant at CES 2020. The company also disclosed that the voice helper is currently available on more than 1 billion devices, and is used by over 500 million people each month. Google Assistant is active on a variety of devices such as smart speakers, phones, TVs, cars, smart displays. Here are the new features coming to Google Assistant from the smart device near you this year.
The company has previewed the ability to read long-form articles out loud using Google Assistant. According to Google, this experience is unlike traditional screen readers as it is built on”new voice datasets to make more expressive and more natural sounding voices.”
Fundamentally, Scheduled Actions will let users request their Google Assistant to do a task in the future. This attribute is rolling out later this year as well. It will let users control more than 20 new devices, including AC units, air purifiers, bathtubs, coffee makers, vacuums and more, from the Google Home app.
Announced at CES last year, interpreter mode allows a smart device powered by Google Assistant to translate a conversation between two people, each speaking a different language. The business says more companies have committed to using it this past year. The feature will expand to new public areas like airports, airport lounges, banks, organisations handling live sporting events, organizations helping humanitarian efforts, hospitality management, and more hotels.
This feature is aimed at smart displays. It will add the ability to create family notes on the display for members of the house to find the tasks before you left, done. As an example, a user can say,”Hey Google, leave a note that says I already fed Max breakfast,” and it will be displayed on the wise display as a sticky note. It can be created by anyone with no need. It is scheduled to roll out this year.
Similar to Sticky Notes feature, Speed Dial will enable Google Assistant users to set up speed dial contacts to easily and quickly make calls. Contact can be created by anyone . It is scheduled to roll out later this year also.
With each update, Google focuses on incorporating more and more features that are privacy-related. This time it’s made some tweaks to Google Assistant, and consumers will easily be able to get privacy controls through the voice assistant. For instance, users may ask questions such as,”how do you keep my information confidential?”
While Google Assistant isn’t supposed to record anything you say if you don’t start the sentence with”Hey Google,” there are times when the Assistant gets triggered when it’s not supposed to, such as while watching TV or a YouTube video. With that in mind, users will then be able to say”Hey Google, that was not for you” to have it wipe its history of the last thing they said.