Google Assistant has come a long way since it was announced just two years ago at I/O 2018. The company has made considerable progress in improving its features and capabilities since then. At I/O 2018 today, Google announced that Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages and 80 countries by the end of this year. It also revealed some of the improvements that it has made to Assistant.
Google Assistant will now be naturally conversational which means that you won’t have to say “Hey Google” before every voice command. You can follow up your initial command with another one without having to say the hotword again. This makes for a more natural conversational experience with the digital assistant.
The ability to ask multiple things at once is a key part of natural conversation. Google has made Assistant better at handling such queries so if you give Assistant a complex query such as “What’s the weather like in New York and in Austin?” it will follow through with the correct answer for this complex query.
Google has also leveraged the advancements in artificial intelligence to develop six new voices for Assistant that are all natural-sounding and unique. Users can choose from these six new voices starting today. Moreover, Google has teamed up with popular singer John Legend to bring his voice to Google Assistant later this year.