Enable the new "pretty please" feature and your Google Home speaker will listen for words like "please" and "thank you." If Google Assistant doesn't hear them, it's supposed to ask for "the magic word."
Google Assistant can finally handle custom routine commands
Google Routines, which is similar to
Scenes, now lets you launch simultaneous actions, like playing music, adjusting your Google-Assistant-compatible LEDs, and updating you on the traffic, all with a single phrase you create.
Google made some updates to its Routines feature back in March, but this should give you free rein to design your own Routines, starting Tuesday.
Google Assistant will now keep listening for up to 8 seconds after you give it a command, so you don't have to keep repeating "Hey, Google," or "OK, Google" if you happen to have a string of questions for your smart speaker. This is all part of Google's continued effort to make its voice assistant more conversational -- not having to continuously repeat those wake words will likely help a lot.
Google Assistant will order food from your Android phone
You'll soon be able to order food for takeout or delivery using Google Assistant on Android phones. The voice AI is supposed to remember what you ordered, too, in case you have a favorite menu item.
Google Assistant adds new voices
Google Assistant now has a total of 8 voices to pick from, including musician John Legend's. Better yet, you and your family can select different voices, even on shared devices. This update applies to Google Home speakers, as well as Android phones.
Google Assistant improves Home app
Google's Home app is getting a much-needed upgrade to add Home View, a dashboard for smart-home devices. View your connected products and control them from an easy-to-use home screen. You can also tap the mic inside the app to ask Google Assistant to dim the lights or lock the door.
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