Google Shares How Assistant Can Help You Get Through The Holiday Season

02 December, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
  • Signage for the Google Assistant is displayed during CES 2018

Google Home devices are also receiving an update with a Broadcast Replies feature that helps you broadcast your message across all Google Assistant-based devices.

The call to Santa is only one of seven new features created to enhance the holiday period for Google Assistant users; you can now have beloved Christmas stories read aloud to you with sound effects and music, sing along to your favorite songs with lyrics on your smart display with Google Play, and keep track of your gift ideas using notes and lists. According to Google, owners of smart speakers and smart displays with Google Assistant can use this function.

And in case Google AI ends up taking over the world like something out of a sci-fi movie, you'll have banked some good faith that may save you from Martian slave pits and re-education camps. But Google has released a few new features for its assistant that can make your children a bit less demanding.

The say that technology and screen time can make kids less patient and kind.

For adults who are busy making the Christmas preparations, Google has added the ability to create and manage gift lists using just your vice.

Assistant responding to politeness with "You're music to my ears".

Perhaps the most notable one is "visual lyrics".

Partner and Smart Home Buyer at John Lewis, Katrina Mills said: "Sales of smart home products double every year but the rapid development in this technology has meant that they do a lot more than many of us realise".

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Last but (if you're a kid) not least, the Talk To Santa feature will let children ask the Assistant, "Hey, Google, call Santa". The feature only works with select songs, for now.

Have a Smart Display? Therefore, it is also bringing the Broadcast Replies feature.

The small speaker is equipped for enjoying music via Bluetooth and WiFi, as well as supporting asking Google to stream certain music and ask it information regarding the news, weather, traffic and more.

Yes, to take advantage of this karaoke-like feature you'll need to have a Google Play Music account.

Alongside that, Google's rolled out a couple of other features. Similarly, you can also hide a photo from your ambient screen or set a photo as favourite.

The "Pretty Please" feature works when users talking to their Google Assistant include words like "please" or "thank you" in their requests.

The features appear to be rolling out as part of a server-side update. Regardless of how well you curate your Google Photos collections, however, there's always one or two pictures that slip through the cracks and show up when you don't want them to. You can also use the same voice command on your Smart Display to see various album covers. There are classic books such as Disney's "Mickey's Christmas Carol" Little Golden Book. The result is a device that's great for reading a recipe or watching a quick how-to video, tasks that you might otherwise consign to a phone or tablet.

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