Google makes it easy to communicate with the assistant

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Google today announced three new features for its voice control. Assistant all this will make it easier and more natural to interact with him.

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The first is to make it easier to start a conversation with an assistant by simply looking at a device like the Nest Hub with a built-in camera and talking to the assistant without using the wake-up word “Hey Google.” This will roll out later this week for users who connect their Nest Hub Max to an Android device, while iOS users will have to wait a few more weeks.

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Another new feature is expanded support for quick phrases, meaning the ability to use a quick phrase to answer a phone call, turn off the lights, or ask about the weather, all without having to use a word to wake you up. This means that in the future you will be able to simply set the timer without saying “Hey Google”. Google notes that this is an optional feature and that it will use the company’s voice matching feature, which is already available on the Nest Hub today.

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Lastly, Google is also making some changes to the way the Assistant handles your requests so it can better understand your intent, even if you have to correct yourself or take small pauses while you think about how you want to phrase your question, for example. .

“When evaluating real conversations, we understand that they are full of nuance,” said Nino Tosca, director of product management for the Google Speech and Google Assistant team. “People say ‘hmm’, interruptions when two people are talking to each other, pauses, self-corrections – but we found that when two people are talking, these things are natural. They really do not prevent people from understanding each other. […] We’re trying to bring this natural behavior to the Google Assistant so that the user doesn’t have to think before they say the command, or actually process the command in their head, make sure they pronounce each word correctly, and then try to get it perfect. We want you to be able to just talk to Google Assistant like you would to another person, and we’ll get the point and be able to fulfill your intention.”

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Unfortunately, this feature is still in development, but should arrive sometime in early 2023. Google has always used I/O to showcase future features, although some of them never get launched, so we’ll just have to wait and see where the feature is. goes.

Overall, though, they seem like welcome additions to the Google Assistant feature set. After all, the phrase “Hey Google” quickly becomes obsolete and still seems a bit odd. Indeed, I can’t help but think that the shine of the assistant (and its competitors) has dimmed a bit. Personally, even though I have a bunch of Nest Hubs and Google Homes at home, I don’t think I’ve used them for anything other than turning on the lights with the touch screen and setting the cooking timer from time to time in recent months. . Google has big ambitions for “environmental computing,” but when the assistant doesn’t understand you and then randomly starts playing Justin Bieber videos on your TV, it looks like that future still needs some tweaking. Anything that can remove these barriers is welcome.

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