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Nest products will soon do more with Google Home

Nest products will soon do more with Google Home

Including, at long last, the ability to change Assistant to use a male voice.

Google made many announcements at today's event.

Google has added the male voice option for its assistant under the name "Voice II". All the major AI assistants, for one reason or another, use a female voice, whether it sounds robotic or not.

Last and somewhat the least, there is now a Google Assistant app on Google Play Store. This allows the home assistant to recognise individual voices; introducing multi-user support.

Apart from the new feature of changing the voice, Google's Pixel event also unveiled some new ways in which the AI's voice assistant can be used, for example, by reading out stories to children, playing games and also for broadcasting messages to multiple Google Assistant devices at a time.

Apart from improvements in recognising user voice inputs, the Google Assistant also received a major upgrade to how it generates its own speech as well.

Google Home owners have always been able to control Spotify from their speakers, but that's not the only place that Google Assistant calls home. The WaveNet natural speech generation technology that Google had showcased earlier past year has now been deployed in the latest update of the Assistant. What's more, the voice quality too has been improved from 8-bit to 16-bit at 24Khz sampling rate. Earlier, Spotify voice commands were exclusively available only on the Google Home smart speaker. Have in mind that this feature can only locate Android devices at the moment since it uses Google Play Services and the Android Device Manager to ping your phone.

Virtual assistants are the new big thing in the smartphone business, with every OEM nowadays pushing its take on it and it is now becoming a crowded market already, with Google's assistant and Apple's Siri being at the top of the pyramid.