Google Assistant gets a male voice option

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Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/04/google-assistant-now-has-a-male-voice-option/

Google Assistant has a quality new addition—everyone now has the option of a male voice. Called “Voice II,” according to Engadget, the new option is now available on the powerful Google Assistant and can be accessed when you go to Settings > Preferences > Assistant Voice

Though, not fully available to everyone yet [apparently because it’s still being rolled out], the new feature adds a new dimension to the Assistant.

For now, the new option is only available to US English—and that’s in terms of language compatibility. Hopefully “Voice II” is extended to more markets in the coming weeks or maybe months. Though, not a major update, the feature adds color and excitement to the powerful assistant that’s getting more and more popular in several markets.

Video Credit: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/03/google-assistant-male-voice-voice-ii-now-live-phones-google-home/

The male voice option, according to Android Police, the blog that first spotted the feature, is now available in Assistant on Google Home and on phones.

Last August, Google announced that the Assistant is expanding into new territories and away from the Google Home device. It will soon be available in third party devices including the Panasonic GA10, Zolo Mojo by Anker and TicHome Mini by Mobovi. The company also said more speakers will be added to the list before the end of the week.

The search giant made the announcement at the consumer electronics and home appliance trade show in Berlin, Germany where a number of new products that have the Assistant built into them, as well as products that work with the Assistant were also unveiled.

With the Assistant on speakers, you will be able to ask questions such as for example: [“Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”], keep up with your schedule [“Ok Google, tell me about my day”], control your smart home (“Ok Google, dim the living room lights”) and more.

You will also be able to cast music and set multiple accounts to work on one speaker; this will enable the speaker to distinguish your voice from every other. While the Assistant will be able to work with many speakers, the service will only be available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany and France.

Google also announced that the Assistant will be making its way into the household appliances. In the announcement, the company was specific on how the Assistant can control a washing machine with voice commands.

In more recent news, Google has been quite busy this Wednesday adding a follow up to its Pixel phones. The search giant unveiled the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in a colorful event this Wednesday.

The two Google Pixel phones will ship with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo; contrary to rumors that made the rounds claiming that the phones will come with the 8.1 version of the popular Android OS. In terms of support, Google is assuring users that it will provide support for a minimum of three years. What this means is that those who buy the phones won’t be missing out on future updates.


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Author: Ola Ric

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