Ways the Google Assistant Can Help You Survive the Holidays

02 December, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • Signage for the Google Assistant is displayed during CES 2018

That's been around a while, but they've added a new story line (and visuals, if you have an Assistant device with a display).

Last month, psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein, "you have the Google home device which they are trying to get people to put in every room in their house..." Then Google Assistant will help you start a sing-along session with your family as long as you have Google Play Music subscription. Say "Hey, Google, add an Echo Dot to my gift list", to add an item, and "Hey, Google, what's on my gift list?" to pull the list up.

Also rolling out today is Google's Pretty Please feature.

Pretty Please is created to encourage polite behavior, so the Assistant will recognize when you use words like "please" and "thank you" when asking questions. If you say "please", or "thank you", Assistant will respond favorably, with something like "Thanks for asking so nicely".

Pretty Please is enabled now in the app, and for Google's smart speakers and smart displays.

Touch Alarms in Quick Settings: We added a quick way to set an alarm on your Smart Display - just swipe up from the home screen and tap the new timer button. Plus, Assistant didn't' seem to care if I was polite or not.

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You'll be able to call Santa, too, just by saying, "Hey Google, Call Santa".

- Sharing photos: Google Photos is another feature on Smart Displays that can show you past holiday memories with family and friends.

Google is always looking to make the Google Assistant a bit more, well helpful. If you just want a regular story, Google has expanded the list of titles to over 50, including Beauty and the Beast, Dora's Super Sleepover and PAW Patrol's Holiday Helpers. The feature is built-in directly in the Google Assistant, but Google has plans to roll out support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring! (Nest Labs is a subsidiary of Google.) So now you can screen your visitors to let guests in and deliveries get handled, while avoiding solicitors and other uninvited rabble.

It's aimed at helping children develop manners, but it'll also work with rude adults who verbally abuse their voice assistants - like me. This means that if you are at the grocery store and need to find out if you need milk, you can send a message to the Google Home speakers at home to have someone check and see.

Of course, that's not the only feature added with Assistant's latest update. Any.Do, Bringl and ToDoist so users can make lists directly from the assistant using their voice. Like, "Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes".

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