Finally, Assistant is getting some new read- and sing-along features.
Last month, psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein, "you have the Google home device which they are trying to get people to put in every room in their house..." Almost two decades after the film's debut, we now have virtual assistants that can change the temperature of our homes, play music, and adjust lighting just like PAT could - although your average Google Home is far less bossy, to be sure.
Google Home Hub and other Assistant devices with display now also allow you to chat with guests or strangers at your home's door if you have Nest Doorbell installed. But Google has released a few new features for its assistant that can make your children a bit less demanding.
Google Assistant will identify your kindness and will reciprocate it. Once the user says please or thanks to the Google Assistant, they will get delightful responses as a reward.
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There are other features coming to smart displays. The feature is built-in directly in the Google Assistant, but Google has plans to roll out support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!
It's aimed at helping children develop manners, but it'll also work with rude adults who verbally abuse their voice assistants - like me. This feature is available starting today for select songs.
First up, the ability to create better lists and takes notes with the digital assistant. Ask for specific books by name: "Hey Google, tell me "The Snowy Day'" or just say "Hey Google, tell me a story about Christmas" or "Hey Google, tell me a winter story". Say "Hey Google, add "Kindle for mom" to my gift list" and it'll know what you mean. You can also quickly hide a photo from your ambient screen or favorite a photo to be enjoyed again at a later time.
Touch Alarms: Swipe up from the home screen and tap the new timer button to set an alarm.
And in case Google AI ends up taking over the world like something out of a sci-fi movie, you'll have banked some good faith that may save you from Martian slave pits and re-education camps.