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For the first time, the voice assistant Google Assistant was announced in 2016 for Pixel smartphones. In all subsequent years, at each Google I / O conference, the company introduced new features for the Google Assistant application. In 2018, developers also prepared many innovations for the popular worldwide service.
Over half a billion gadgets around the world are equipped with a voice assistant Google Assistant. Among the connected devices, in addition to smartphones, include columns Google Home, laptops Pixelbook, compact wearable devices that work under the Wear OS, and the recently gaining popularity of the Internet device of things (IoT), the number of which has exceeded 5 thousand units.
Previously, before the introduction of Google Assistant, the Google app Now answered the question asked. The appearance of Assistant allowed to turn the conversation with the device into meaningful dialogue. Questions can now be asked without the prompting commands “Ok Google”, and the assistant does not lose the thread of the conversation. The innovation will be available already from next week, its name is “continued conversation”.
Great attention was paid to Google and “humanizing” Assistant. For these purposes, the WaveNet speech synthesizer is used, which is able to “smooth” the machine accent, giving intonation responses and changing the tonality. This option is popular, since Google is going to add 6 more votes to the Assistant with the most common dialects. Among the new votes will be the voice of John Legend (pseudonym of author-executor John Stevens, who has 10 Grammy Awards).
Another interesting option is Pretty Please, which allows re-educating coarse children. Access to Pretty Please is possible when you connect a family account Family Link. Google Assistant encourages children to use the word “please” more often, praising the child at each spoken word of gratitude.
The newest development, called Duplex AI, was the first step to training Google Assistant to make basic phone calls instead of the user. At the first stage, this will be the appointment of a meeting time or an appointment with a doctor. Duplex AI will allow the assistant to lead a natural, “humanized” conversation. As an example at the conference, Google I / O Assistant “phoned” the hairdresser and agreed on the time of the visit for a haircut.
For Russian-speaking users, all the innovations of Google Assistant will be available after the introduction of the Russian language, which is planned before the end of 2018.