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Google has introduced a bunch of new features and refinements to its Assistant, during the I/O 2018 event. The search giant has announced that Google Assistant will be available in more than 30 different languages and 80 countries by the end of this year. The company has worked closely with WaveNet technology from DeepMind for creating more realistic conversations.
With the help of AI and WaveNet technology from DeepMind, Google has managed to create new voices to capture subtleties like pitch, pace, and all the Meaningful pauses, all the voices are sounds natural and unique. Moreover, Google is also bringing six new voices for Google Assistant and a special John Legend melodic tones to the Assistant which will be available later this year.
"Soon you'll be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation without repeating "Hey Google" for each follow-up request. The Assistant will be able to understand when you're talking to it versus someone else and will respond accordingly. This feature has been one of our top requests and you'll be able to turn on Continued Conversation in the coming weeks," reads Google Blog Post.
For more polite conversations with families and kids, Google will be introducing Pretty Please later this year. It's a feature which will provide free family-friendly games, activities and stories from the content partners like Disney. Google says, "To help you give your little ones some positive reinforcement when they ask nicely, later this year we'll introduce Pretty Please so that the Assistant can understand and encourage polite conversation."
Now, Google Assistant will also show you a quick snapshot of your day. It will also give you suggestions on the basis of time, location and recent interactions with the Assistant. Google is also coming up with a new food pick-up and delivery experience. With this, you can order your food directly from Starbucks, Doordash and Applebee's and more.
The Company is also bringing Assistant to Maps navigation later this summer. According to Google, "with a low visual profile so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. You'll be able to send text messages, play music and podcasts, and get information without leaving the navigation screen. For example, say "Hey Google, read me my messages" and you can get a summary of unread texts with the option to respond by voice."
It's pretty exciting to see Google adding so many features to its AI. Hope the company will roll out the features soon in the next few months.