CES 2020: What's new on Google Assistant?
Google has added a list of a new feature to its Assistant that was showcased at annual trade show CES 2020.
Google is updating its assistant with new features shown at the CES 2020. Google Assistant competes with other voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby. Here are a few new features that will be coming to Google’s Assistant later this year.
Google is trying to making reading easier by reading out articles to users. Reading an article is as simple as asking the assistant to read it out.
Google Assistant will read webpages that you just opened. This feature already exists on various news apps and websites. Many news websites and apps come with an integrated option to read an article.
Google says that the assistant is better in terms of expressing more natural sounding voices. The feature to be launched in the latter part of the year can be used in 42 languages. Google is also planning to introduce auto-scroll and text highlight capabilities while it’s being read aloud.
Scheduled actions will provide control over smart devices that are connected through users devices. A user can ask the assistant to turn off the smart lights at a particular time.
Currently, this can be done through the apps that come for respective smart devices.
Google says that more than 20 smart devices such as AC units, air purifiers, bathtubs, coffee makers, vacuums and more can be connected and controlled using the Google Home app.
A sticky note will now be seen on your device’s wall. Google Assistant can help you communicate better by sticking notes on your smart devices either for another person to read or as a reminder to yourself.
The feature also enables the users to put a number on speed dial that a user contacts frequently or for emergency situations.
There are apps available on the Google Play Store that can help in creating sticky notes for your device but might not with your voice.
Google assistant will delete if you ask it to by saying, “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you this week.”
In 2019, Google showcased a unique feature in Google Assistant that allows users to call and reserve booking at various places. The bot can call a restaurant, hospital or a coffee shop to ask for an appointment on behalf of the user.