Google Assistant, the one common feature across all of Google's fresh new batch of devices, may not have been under the spotlight that long, but its arriving with a big bang and a whole lot of new features.
Ever since the original Google Home launched, Google has marketed the device as the flawless home companion - a device that can help the whole family with searches, schedules, recipes, alarm clocks, music playback, et cetera. While many have come to know the Google Assistant's voice to be female, a new update now lets users change the voice of the AI to that of a male's.
That's not all that's new, of course.
Google has declared that Spotify voice commands will be completely supported on Google Assistant inside the coming weeks. Aside from the Google Home we got back in 2016, we now also have the Google Home Mini, which offers all the features of the regular Google Home in a way smaller package, and the Google Home Max, which has full-blown stereo speakers for an enhanced listening experience. So, it only makes sense that Google adds the voice assistant in the Chromebook. In this case, telling your Home "where's my phone" will ping the nearest Android device paired with your Google account. So if you have a Nest camera set up, you can ask Home to show the live feed on your TV via Chromecast. You will be able to do more than just change temperatures on the Nest Learning Thermostat. Allowing the home assistant to ring phones in the home.
If you're not a Nest owner, Google says the feature should work with over 1,000 smart home products from over 100 brands.
Last and somewhat the least, there is now a Google Assistant app on Google Play Store. Assistant says it's going to stream, but it does not.
Google has made it no secret that AI and machine learning is its new obsession, and Google Assistant is the user-facing interface to all of that.