Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Google Assistant gets visual lyrics, "Pretty Please" feature, and Santa calls

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Sherri Watson | 02 December, 2018, 22:12

In April, Amazon a similar feature in its Alexa-powered devices.

The "Pretty Please" feature headlines Google's list.

Speaking of screening, Google has selected 50 free audiobooks that the Assistant can read to your kids when you tuck them in at night.

Following some friendly family-focused updates, Google has added new features to Assistant, including the long-awaited "Pretty Please" mode.

Another addition to Google Assistant specifically on Smart Displays is support for lyrics. You don't have to worry about keeping up with the soundtrack - Google listens to you reading, and tailors its sound effects to where you are in the story.

For now, it looks like simply adding "please" to your request will result in some positive vibes such as "What a classy way to ask", or "I like hearing that magic word". "10 minutes, starting now".

The first feature, Pretty Please, appears to be live already.

Users can now can now create itemized lists with Google Assisting using voice commands. It's not all just about manners, the Google Assistant will also help you stay more productive and entertain your entire family. It's just a cute way to get people to be nice, especially when it comes to teaching your kids not to grow up to be like their rude Uncle Tony. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you. The feature only works with select songs, for now.

But the most useful and least glamorous features are the new notes and lists capability. Also being showcased is a range of tech from other brands that is created to work with a Google Home setup, including the Nest Hello doorbell, Philips Hue smart lightbulbs, and the LightWave smart sockets. 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. That feature was actually announced a couple of weeks ago, but it is rolling out this week, so that users can actually use it. Similarly, you can also hide a photo from your ambient screen or set a photo as favourite. For example, if you will say something like "Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes".

Have you ever wanted to speak to Santa? Get in the holiday spirit and curl up with a classic like Disney's "Mickey's Christmas Carol" Little Golden Book. You need to say "Hey Google, let's read along with [book name]".