Made by Google 2019 is finally underway. And thanks to the Pixel 4 getting leaked to the point of exhaustion, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect heading in. But the tech titan still managed to unveil some surprises on the Google Assistant front, with new applications and integrations across Google’s devices.
With Pixel 4, Google Assistant allows for easy hands-free navigation between apps and seamless multitasking. For example, as Google demonstrated, Assistant can pull up concert dates, share them with a contact, and transcribe a note to include with the message. Plus, in a super-exciting reveal for the journalists sitting in the room, the Pixel 4’s recorder app will transcribe voice recordings in real-time. To boot, the transcription feature will make finding recordings a whole heck of a lot easier.
Pixel Buds 2
The next generation of Pixel Buds, Google’s foray into the wireless earbud game, will summon Assistant in the same hands-free way that you can across Google’s various other devices, such as for sending a text, asking for directions, or for understanding another language (but, hopefully, better than with the first generation Buds) – particularly when your phone or device isn’t readily in-hand. Pricing is TBA, though, and you’ll have to wait until next spring to get them.
Nest Wifi Point Integration
Google added a Google Assistant smart speaker to its Nest Wifi Point, enabling the same functionality as a Nest Mini. It can play music, answer questions, and control other connected devices.
New Voices and Languages
In addition to all these changes, Google also announced some Assistant news ahead of today’s event – including, notably, that it was bringing Insecure’s Issa Rae to the Assistant, but only in the US.
The company also announced back in September that it was bringing more voices in more languages to the Assistant, with more than 30 available. Those can be accessed and selected in the Settings section of the Assistant app.
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