Google Assistant is experiencing a Windows Copilot moment, thanks to AI.

Google Assistant is experiencing a Windows Copilot moment, thanks to AI.

Google Assistant Gets a Major Upgrade: Meet Assistant with Bard

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Voice assistants have come a long way since their inception. However, with the advent of generative AI, these assistants have taken a backseat in the AI landscape. While Google has been focusing on more ambitious projects like its Google Bard chatbot, it has finally shown some much-needed love to its Google Assistant at its recent Made by Google event.

Google Assistant now comes with new AI features that set it apart from other smartphone assistants. This upgrade makes Google Assistant more functional and personalized, earning it the name ‘Assistant with Bard.’ Let’s dive into the exciting features that Google has introduced.

Assistant with Bard: Your Personalized Digital Assistant

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the integration of Bard with Google Assistant. With this upgrade, Assistant with Bard goes beyond voice commands and gains greater contextual awareness. It can now understand text, images, and even audio clips, allowing users to accomplish tasks more efficiently.

For instance, the Assistant can help plan your next trip, sort through your inbox, complete tasks in Google Docs, and even generate captions based on images. In a demo, the upgraded Assistant was seen quickly populating the address of a friend’s party by gathering relevant information from the user’s emails. The integration of Assistant with Bard will enhance contextual experiences, especially for Android users.

Assistant with Bard is set to roll out to iOS and Android users in the coming months. Google plans to gather feedback from early testers before the public launch. So, stay tuned for more details on how to become an early tester of this exciting new feature.

Natural Voice Commands: A More Human-like Experience

One of the most frustrating aspects of voice assistants is their difficulty in understanding natural conversation and dictation. Google aims to tackle this issue with the new and improved Google Assistant. It now understands more natural conversation patterns and can even pick up on natural pauses like “ums” without including them in the transcriptions.

This optimization means that you can dictate messages twice as fast, eliminating the lag between speaking and processing. Additionally, Google Assistant now comes with Pixel Call Assist, which can answer calls for you – well, sort of.

With the new Call Screening feature, Google Assistant listens to the person talking during a screened call and offers suggestions with auto-responses based on the context. When you select a response, Assistant uses a natural-sounding voice to communicate with the caller. For example, if your doctor’s office calls to confirm an appointment, Assistant can generate a response like, “Yes, I will be there,” saving you the trouble of answering the call yourself.

Google Assistant has also been optimized to detect and filter spam calls, giving you a heads-up about which calls to avoid.

Summarize and Read Aloud: A New Way to Browse the Internet

To enhance your browsing experience, Google Assistant now has the ability to summarize webpages into key points, read them aloud, and even translate them for you. But what sets this feature apart is Google’s AI capabilities. Assistant understands which elements of a webpage are logos or ads, omitting them while reading aloud or summarizing.

The Read Aloud feature particularly impressed the audience during the event. The reader’s voice sounded more akin to that of an audiobook, departing from the generic robotic sound we’ve grown accustomed to.

With these exciting upgrades, Google has made its Assistant a force to be reckoned with in the AI landscape. The integration of Assistant with Bard, natural voice commands, and the ability to summarize and read aloud webpages provide users with a more personalized, convenient, and enjoyable experience. The combination of these features makes Google Assistant a standout among smartphone assistants.

Pixel 8

The new Google Pixel 8 series, equipped with the Tensor G3 chip, further complements the functionalities of Google Assistant with exclusive AI features. Together, they create a powerful AI ecosystem that caters to the needs and preferences of users.

Exciting times lie ahead with the evolution of digital assistants, and Google is at the forefront with Assistant with Bard. As users anticipate the public release of this groundbreaking upgrade, it’s clear that the future of voice assistants is set to be more intelligent, contextual, and user-centric.