Google Gives Voice Assistant a Much-Needed Upgrade
Google has finally given its voice assistant the attention it deserves. At its Made by Google event, the company announced new AI features that will enhance the capabilities of Google Assistant and set it apart from other smartphone assistants.
The biggest announcement was the integration of Google Assistant with Bard, a move that will transform it into a more personalized digital assistant. With this upgrade, Google Assistant will not only understand voice commands but also have greater contextual awareness. It will be able to understand text and images on the screen and process audio clips, allowing it to help users complete tasks more effectively.
For example, the upgraded Assistant can help plan trips, sort through inboxes, complete tasks in Google Docs, and even write captions based on images. During the event, a demo showed how Assistant with Bard quickly populated an address in Google Maps by gathering relevant information from the user’s emails when asked about a friend’s party location.
The integration of Assistant with Bard will provide more contextual experiences, particularly on Android devices. The conversational overlay feature will use visual cues to provide users with the answers they need, catering to a variety of use cases. The feature will be available for both iOS and Android users in the next couple of months, with early testing set to begin soon.
In addition to the integration with Bard, Google has also improved the natural language understanding of Google Assistant. Users will no longer need to speak in a robotic manner when dictating texts, as the Assistant can now understand more natural conversation and pick up on natural pauses. This will make dictation faster and more efficient.
Google Assistant will also enhance the phone call experience with Pixel Call Assist. The Call Screening feature allows the Assistant to listen to the person talking during a screened call and provide auto-responses based on the context of the call. This means that the Assistant can answer calls for you and generate responses without you having to answer the call yourself.
Furthermore, Google Assistant has been optimized to detect and filter more spam calls, providing users with a heads-up on which calls to avoid. It can also summarize webpages, read them aloud, and even translate them for users. The Assistant’s ability to understand webpage elements such as logos and ads allows it to omit them when reading aloud or summarizing.
Overall, the upgrades to Google Assistant make it a more powerful and versatile digital assistant. With the integration of Bard and improvements in natural language understanding, users can expect a more personalized and efficient experience. The new features will be rolled out in the coming months, with early testing available to selected users.