With more and more new features, Google Assistant has been a lot in news lately. Another new feature that is going to make an entry is that now you can make your Assistant recognize and pronounce your name properly. Also, the Assistant has been updated so that it can respond 100% perfectly to alarms and timer tasks. Also, it will be answering your questions more aptly as per your search habits.
Although, Google Assistant functions in several different languages and accents, however, it still cannot make a correct pronunciation in the case of certain words or names. Using the new update, you can teach Assistant to “enunciate and recognize names of your contacts the way you pronounce them.” In a blog, Google has stated that when a user says a word, Assistant will listen to it and keep it in mind but it won’t store the recording. This feature will be launched in English first and then with time make its way to other languages.
Google has also mentioned that they have completely remodeled Assistant’s NLU models. This is so that Assistant understands properly and distinguishes when a user sets timers for different tasks around the same time. Google said in the blog, “This upgrade uses machine learning technology powered by state-of-the-art BERT, a technology we invented in 2018 and first brought to Search that makes it possible to process words in relation to all the other words in relation to all the other words in a sentence, rather than one-by-one in order.”
Google further claimed to have included BERT to increase the quality of conversations with Assistant too. Google Assistant will study your earlier interactions and what is being shown on your phone screen to answer the follow-up questions. To give an example Google said, “If you’re having a conversation with your Assistant about Miami and you want more information, it will know that when you say “show me the nicest beaches” you mean beaches in Miami.” Also, it will understand your follow-up questions based on what is shown on your screen.