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Google Assistant Gets New Broadcast Reply, Sharing Photos, Read a Story Features

Google is also introducing seven new ways for its Google Assistant to help users make the most out of their day with things matters the most this holiday season.

Here is an overview of new features that work across Smart Display, like Google Home Hub:

The new broadcast feature will help people connect at home when shopping to check on other things needed to purchase.

Additionally, people will be able to reply from a smart speaker or Smart Display to their phone or other Home devices. This feature will be available by next week.

Here is a GIF animation of the new broadcast reply feature on Assistant:

Boradcast Reply on Google Assistant

As an example, “when grabbing groceries at a store, Assistant can connect you at home using broadcast to check if anything else needs to be picked up.”

Sharing photos on  Google Assistant now let people share photos with their contact list by just saying—for example, “Hey Google, share this photo with April.”

People can even hide a photo from the ambient screen or favorite a photo now.

Touch Alarms in Quick Settings: On the Smart Display by just a swipe up on the home screen and a tap on the new timer button will set up an alarm now.

Give Santa a call by just saying for example “Hey Google, Call Santa.” Or, a call from Smart Display will show a range of fun album covers made in the North Pole.

Pretty Please, a new feature let people bring politeness in their family by saying “please” or “thank you” on Assistant.

For example, saying “Hey Google, please play some holiday music for me” or “Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes.”

The Assistant now responds like, “Thanks for asking so nicely. Alright, 5 minutes. Starting now.”

The Pretty Please is activated on Smart Speakers and Smart Displays now.

Here is a GIF showing new Pretty Please feature:

Google Assistant Pretty Please

Create Lists on the Go

Google Assistant now lets users create notes and lists using voice, just try the following command:

  • “Hey Google…”
  • “Create a gift list”
  • “Add opera tickets for mom to my gift list”
  • “What’s on my to-do list?”
  • “Show me my last note”

Additionally, Google also will bring support for Google Keep, Any.do and Bring!, and Todoist.

Answer Door Call

Google is introducing two new talkback feature that allows users to talk with the guest before letting them in.

Try it out by tapping the blue “Talk” button.

The Nest Hello video doorbell works seamlessly with Smart Display.

Music on Smart Display

Music buffs can now sing along songs using Smart Display.

With a Google Play Music subscription, you can find and learn the lyrics to many of your favorite songs.

Simply say Assistant to play a song, like for example “Hey Google, play ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ on Google Play Music.”

Once the music begins playing, the synchronized lyrics will appear on the screen.

This feature is available now for select songs only.

Read a Story

Google Assistant can also now read a storytime along with sound effects and music on Google Home.

All needed is just saying for example, “Hey Google, let’s read along with Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”

Check out the full list of available storyline titles over here.

Even better, soon Google will launch four new books titles from Disney that include “Frozen,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan,” and “The Lion King.”

These new books will be available over the coming weeks.

Additionally, Google Assistant can also read a holiday story from over 50 titles, like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” and Dora the Explorer’s “Dora’s Super Sleepover.”

The Assistant is also getting holiday content like:

  • Nickelodeon Albert: The Little Tree with Big Dreams
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines
  • A Monster Machine Christmas
  • Dora the Explorer’s The Little Christmas Tree
  • PAW Patrol’s Holiday Helpers
  • Shimmer and Shine’s Santa’s Christmas Genies.

Additionally, holiday classics, including Storynory’s Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Swan Lake, as well as from Listening Library “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats are available today, too.

Users can also ask Assistant for specific books by name, like “Hey Google, tell me ‘The Snowy Day’,” or “Hey Google, tell me a story about Christmas,” or “Hey Google, tell me a winter story.”

Children’s under 13 looking to use Assistant can ask their parents to create an account for them via “Family Link.”

Once created, the Google Account and voice can be linked to Google Home.

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