Google Assistant preview of John Legend voice now accessible

With I/O 2019 kicking off in simply over a month, one of many extra whimsical Assistant options announced on the final developer keynote can now be previewed. Some Google Assistant instructions are actually returning a reply from singer John Legend.

Saying “Thank you John Legend” on any Google Assistant system — together with Android, iOS, Google Home, Smart Displays — will garner a “You’re very, very welcome” response from the actor and songwriter, no matter your set language.

Other customers on Reddit (by way of Android Police) are additionally listening to Legend’s voice, although we’ve but to come across it in a pure — unforced — setting.

According to Sundar Pichai final May, John Legend was coming to Assistant someday in 2018. That deadline after all got here and went, but it surely’s clearly nonetheless within the works. The voice was developed on account of DeepMind’s WaveNet developments permitting for each extra pure sounding voices and shorter recording durations for voice actors. It’s a part of the corporate’s aim to get “accents, languages, and dialects right globally.”

This led Google to ask whose “amazing voice” they might seize, with Legend and the corporate having a very shut relationship. Last 12 months noticed him headline Google’s Oscars ad, whereas a music video was shot solely on the Pixel 2.

The voice is barely accessible “in certain contexts,” with Pichai exhibiting off Legend studying his each day schedule briefing. As we famous up to now, these constraints are important to avoid abuse.

At I/O final 12 months, Assistant gained six new voice along with the prevailing feminine and male. In July, Google switched to a color-based naming scheme like Red and Orange, whereas Australian (Sydney Harbour Blue) and British-accented (British Racing Green) voices based mostly on WaveNet launched in December.

A pre-I/O 2019 launch for John Legend can be a great search for Google, however an on-stage launch would supply a wider viewers.

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