Google went full throttle with AI and machine learning at the I/O 2018 developer conference. The search giant also demonstrated its new efforts called Duplex, where the Assistant made an actual phone call to book an appointment. Lastly, Google also announced six new voices coming to the Assistant, and the voice of John Legend will be available later this year. All the new voices are powered by WaveNet, which is an AI-based voice synthesizer created by Google UK’s subsidiary DeepMind.
Using WaveNet technology, Google can simulate entire vocabularies without having actual human recordings. The technology allows Google to turn popular voices from the likes of John Legend, and others, into voice that powers your Google Assistant interactions with smartphone or Google Home. Google has started rolling out new voices, and if you are bored of listening to the same Assistant voice on your smartphone, you can change it right now.
Steps to select new voices on Google Assistant
To begin with, ensure that the Google app on your Android smartphone is updated. Now, open the app, and tap on the “three dots” on the top bar, besides the Google Search bar.
Next, tap on “Settings” and then under Google Assistant, again tap on “Settings”.
Now, tap on “Preferences” followed by “Assistant Voice” and you will see a total of eight voice options available out there. Two of them were already available, and now you have six more.
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After selecting a particular voice, you can tap on the speaker icon on the right to preview each voice, before selecting one. The voice you select here, will be voice that will play every time you summon and interact with Google Assistant on your smartphone or Google Home speaker.
The new voices are rolling out to Android and iOS devices. While we were successfully able to set it on Huawei P20 Pro running Android 8.1 Oreo, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel XL, the option wasn’t enabled on the iPhone X yet.