How Google Assistant changed in 2018 – features, updates, and more

by birtanpublished on August 23, 2020

Hi everyone Jackson Hayes here with Android police I am super excited to be making this video my first ever for Android police so sit back grab a cup of tea relax and let's talk about the Google assistant in a previous video on this channel we covered some fantastic

Ways to customize your Google home as we all know however the assistant built-in to the Google home is in more places than just the smart speaker whether on smartphones Chromebooks or even some smart displays the Google assistant is

One of the most widely used digital assistants and at Google i/o 2018 Google announced their latest changes to their AI product first and they added a total of six brand new voices to the assistant now it's much easier to

Differentiate and customize and the assistant to your liking here's what those voices sound like I'm your Google assistant and I'm ready to assist my name your google assistant my mission to assist you I'm your Google assistant hi

I'm called your Google assistant it's quite fitting I'm your Google assistant and I'm ready to assist Google assistants the name helping you is my game Google announced that the voice of John

Legend will be coming to the assistant later in 2018 google says that voices now take only a few weeks to complete thanks to new deep learning technology instead of what used to be countless hours inside of a recording studio

Hopefully we see a wider selection of voices for our Google assistant sometime in the near future also the technology for creating your own custom voice is probably not too far off so it's likely that that might be a reality in a few

Years next in an effort to make talking with the assistant more like human interaction Google has introduced a new feature of their calling continued conversation instead of having to repeat your google trigger phrase to ask a

Follow-up question to your Google assistant the assistant will now automatically begin listening after responding to a query this I think was Google's initial dream for the assistant back when the assistant was announced in

Early 2016 when details on how the system would work were quite vague Google talked about having a conversation with the assistant human leg back and forth continue conversation makes talking with

The assistant a much more fluid experience continue conversation is only for smart speakers at this point customer teams are also a thing allowing you to do a bit more automation with the assistant a preset series of commands

Can now be triggered if you set up a customer team for example turning off the lights closing the blinds setting the thermostat and locking the door when you say good night creating a custom routine

Is quite simple all you have to do is open the Google assistant via the app or gesture take your pick tap on the explorer icon tap on the overflow menu tap on settings scroll

Down to routines and hit the plus button the first thing to set up is the trigger phrase which is completely up to your personal preference then you can set up the actions to run when said phrase is heard it's quite similar to I of TTT if

This than that do note that the available actions depend on the type of device that you're using on an iPhone or smart speaker for example it is not possible to launch an app via the assistant for the former

It's due to platform limitations or as for the latter and this should be obvious there aren't any apps to open and just for kicks and giggles I created a little something with the repeat after me

Action it goes a little something like this Google is the AI apocalypse coming there is no escaping it multiple actions are a new addition to the assistant allowing it to understand more complex queries

The example Google provides go something like this instead of having to ask what's the weather like in Austin and whatsoever like in New York two separate queries you can now simply say what's the weather like in New York and Austin

Unfortunately it looks like multiple actions has not been added to any of the devices that I've tested so I'm still waiting in a similar vein Google has increased the maximum number of chain commands from two to three allowing you

To ask what's the weather like in Toronto and will it snow there later today and what's $1,000 in Canadian unfortunately this seems to be slowly rolling out as well as I can't seem to get chain commands to register with the

Assistant it only kind of answers to the last command with the latest updates out of the way I thought I'd share a collection of some useful fun or entertaining things to do with the Google assistant some of you may do this

Already but if you say good morning to the assistant it will give you the weather your commute to work calendar events any reminders and then automatically play the news this might sound oddly like a routine and guess

What it is what happens when you say good morning it's simply a series of commands completely customizable feel free to tune this to work exactly the way you wanted to the assistant can

Help you remember things like pins parking locations or even your shopping list just tell it to remember that my bike pin is eight two two nine or remember my parking location or add avocados to my shopping list and when

You're at the grocery store you can easily view your shopping list simply by saying show me my shopping list in the category of fun try asking the assistant the question what have I got in my pocket

For everyone in team star wars try out I am your father here's a few more Who am I when am i who's on first also you can try spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious most of these fun commands have multiple

Responses programmed into the assistant so ask them multiple times you might get some surprising results and that's it for this video let us know what your favorite change to the assistant is down in the comments below make sure you hit

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