Google Assistant to get six new voices

At its annual developer conference Google I/O, the company said that these six options, which feature both male and female voices, would be rolled out later this year.

By Author  |  Published: 9th May 2018  8:30 pmUpdated: 9th May 2018  11:30 pm
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Making the competition in Artificial Intelligence (AI) tougher, Google announced that people will soon have a choice of choosing from six voices, including voice of the musician John Legend, to talk to Google Assistant.

At its annual developer conference Google I/O, the company said that these six options, which feature both male and female voices, would be rolled out later this year.

Company CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google has been working on newer and more life-like version of its spoken AI that features natural voice which is closer to how humans speak.

The improvements include more natural pauses and other subtleties to help create a more natural dialogue with Assistant.

This new version of the Assistant is built on a tech machine learning technology called Wavenet, on which the company started building out some 18 months ago.

Now instead of having to say ‘Hey Google’ or ‘OK Google’ every time to give a command, users only have to do this one time and then have a conversation with the Assistant.

Google calls this feature ‘continued conversation’ and it’ll roll out in the coming week.