Back in 2016, Google Assistant started off as a chatbot in Allo and now it is available in cars, speakers, most Android devices, the Pixelbook, wearables, and other form factors.
As of today, the Assistant is available on over 500 million devices – over 40 car brands and it works with 5,000 connected home devices. People around the world are using the Assistant every single day.
Today at Google I/O 2018, company shared its vision for the next phase of the Google Assistant, it’s now more naturally conversational, visually assistive, and helpful in getting things done.
At the conference, the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, introduces six new voices for Google Assistant. With the help of WaveNet technology from DeepMind, the Assistant voices are now natural-sounding and unique.
“Up until now, creating a new voice took hundreds of hours in a recording studio. But with advancements in AI and WaveNet technology from DeepMind, we can now create new voices in just a few weeks and are able to capture subtleties like pitch, pace, and all the pauses that convey meaning, so that voices are natural-sounding and unique.”
You can read more about what’s new with Assistant in Google’s blog post.