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The Stadia controller’s Google Assistant button now works during gameplay

The Stadia controller’s Google Assistant button now works during gameplay

When Google announced Stadia, it talked up what the Assistant could do for players in-game: its voice assistant would answer gameplay questions and even pull up video tutorials to help with particularly tricky bits. We’re now one step closer to that reality, as basic Assistant functionality is finally accessible during gameplay on Stadia. Now, this...

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Assistant Actions pick up five new international voices

Assistant Actions pick up five new international voices

Google Assistant Actions developers are gaining alternate text-to-speech voices in five dialects that they can utilize in their Actions. These voices are on top of what used to be the only options for that dialect and gender. They are: Chinese (Traditional) Male 2 English-Indian Female 2 Hindi Female 2 Hindi Male 2 Italian Female 2...

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Google is using the Assistant to call businesses and check stock

Google is using the Assistant to call businesses and check stock

Google is putting its AI concierge voice service technology, Duplex, to further use. An update to the Google My Business Help listing about phone calls from Google Assistant indicates that businesses will be contacted about stocking levels for popular items. The relevant entry reads (with our emphasis on the new text): Google Assistant will only...

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Android TV might soon support multi-user Voice Match for Google Assistant

Android TV might soon support multi-user Voice Match for Google Assistant

Most, if not all, Android TV remotes come with a dedicated Google Assistant button. It allows you to speed up a ton of interactions and makes accessing shows and apps not instantly accessible on the homescreen easier. However, most TVs are shared between multiple family members, so it’s a bummer that Assistant can’t tell who’s...

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