On the very first day of the most awaited event, the Google IO 2018, company not revealed a lot about the exciting features of upcoming Android P, which is also available for download on a bunch of devices as beta version, but also revealed the new abilities of various Google apps like Google Photos, Google Maps, and others, proving again that this is the era for Artificial Intelligence powered devices. The crowd at Shoreline Amphitheater applauded when the tech giant introduced the new abilities and improved features of its virtual voice assistant, Google Assistant, which is getting 6 new voices, and you can also try it now on your Android device, so, here’s, how to try Google Assistant new voices on any Android devices.
Google Assistant new features: OVERVIEW
Google Assistant is getting six new different male and female voices. And Google has worked a lot on the machine learning so that, the voices will sound more natural compete with the pitch, pace, and pauses. Google, in order to make Virtual Assistant more natural, smooth and familiar will use a different technology called WaveNet, A Generative Model for Raw Audio, which is an Artificial Intelligence-based technology.
And as a surprise, Google added that it will add the voice of American singer-songwriter, John Legend, and six different voices to Google Assistant later this year.
How to try Google Assistant new voices on any Android devices.
STEP 1 –
First of all, open the Google Assistant app or you can simply tap and hold the home button to activate Google Assistant.
STEP 2 –
In the Google Assistant app, simply tap on the three dot icon, which can be found at the top right corner, and select Settings. If you are not using the app, tap on the blue circle icon which you will see after holding the Home button.
STEP 3 –
Now in the Settings menu, tap on ‘Preferences‘ which you can be found easily in the account section.
STEP 4 –
After opening the Preferences section, tap on the ‘Assistant Voice‘ option form the available options.
STEP 5 –
Tapping on the Assistant Voice option will give you the 8 choices of different voices, from which 6 voices are new. You can simply select the voice you like, and it will be set as default voice of Google Assistant.
According to Google, the new Google Assistant voices are now available on smartphones and tablets with Android 6 Marshmallow or higher, Google Home smart speakers range and Chromebooks.
If you having a device with Android 6 or higher and still can’t find the option, then probably the language settings are not capable of supporting this new option. As per now, the new voices are available for English (US) and English (UK).
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Here’s How to change the default language for Voice Assistant
STEP 1 –
Open the Voice Assistant app and go to settings.
STEP 2 –
In Settings option, tap on Phone option in the Devices section.
STEP 3 –
In Phone option, there will be a lot of options, scroll down to find and select Assistant Language option and tap on GO TO LANGUAGE PREFERENCES.
STEP 4 –
In language preferences option, drag the English (US) / (UK) to top or tap on Add Language, if not available. Search English from the given languages and select English (US) or English (UK).
So, this is how to try Google Assistant new voices on any Android devices. If you have any queries or suggestions, do let us know in comments.