Google’s voice AI, Google Assistant, has a lot to say at this year’s. Here are all of the ways it just got smarter:
Google Assistant will soon make phone calls for you
No, I’m not talking about using your Google Home, Google Home Mini or Google Home Max speakers as speaker phones. Google Assistant, whether from a Google Home smart speaker or anphone, will soon be able to call a regular phone number and .
I can’t wait to see how well this works (or doesn’t work).
Google Assistant can teach your kid manners
Enable the new “pretty please” feature and your Google Home speaker will listen for words like “please” and “thank you.” If Google Assistant doesn’t hear them, it’s supposed to ask for “the magic word.”
Google Assistant can finally handle custom routine commands
Google Routines, which is similar to Apple HomeKit Scenes, now lets you launch simultaneous actions, like playing music, adjusting your Google-Assistant-compatible LEDs, and updating you on the traffic, all with a single phrase you create.
Google made some updates to its Routines feature back in, but this should give you free rein to design your own Routines, starting Tuesday.
Google Assistant gets more conversational
Google Assistant will now keep listening for up to 8 seconds after you give it a command, so you don’t have to keep repeating “Hey, Google,” or “OK, Google” if you happen to have a string of questions for your smart speaker. This is all part of Google’s continued effort to make its voice assistant more conversational — not having to continuously repeat those wake words will likely help a lot.
Google Assistant will order food from your Android phone
You’ll soon be able to order food for takeout or delivery using Google Assistant on. The voice AI is supposed to remember what you ordered, too, in case you have a favorite menu item.
Google Assistant adds new voices
Google Assistant now has a total of 8 voices to pick from, including musician. Better yet, you and your family can select different voices, even on shared devices. This update applies to Google Home speakers, as well as Android phones.
Google Assistant improves Home app
Google’s Home app is getting a much-needed upgrade to add, a dashboard for smart-home devices. View your connected products and control them from an easy-to-use home screen. You can also tap the mic inside the app to ask Google Assistant to dim the lights or lock the door.
: All our coverage of this year’s developer conference.
: Experimental technology called Duplex, rolling out soon in a limited release, makes you think you’re talking to a real person.