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Kim Reese | 10 May, 2018, 14:34

Are you excited to get these assistants in Google Assistant?

Google has just shown us why Assistant is now the smartest voice assistant, but they also showed how they are making it the most fun by adding different voices to replace the default voice we have grown accustomed to. Let us know in the comments if you can test out the new Assistant voices.

You can also switch the gender of Siri, Alexa and Cortana's voices by going into the settings for your personal assistant app.

Now, tap on "Preferences" followed by "Assistant Voice" and you will see a total of eight voice options available out there.

Perhaps the most exciting (and scary) feature coming to the Assistant is that it can make phone calls for you.

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If you're like me you hate using the hotword "Ok, Google" or "Hey, Google" over and over again to interact with the Assistant or your smart speakers. That way you don't have to continuously repeat the Ok Google keyword. "It's so complicated. And I think a lot of designers are looking for what is the "right answer" [as in, whose is the "right" voice for these virtual assistants] and it's raising a lot of questions". Giving you the option for takeout or delivery, and remembering popular items.

"Hey Google, order my usual from Starbucks." and the Assistant will fire up the Starbucks app, order your usual, then give you a confirmation and pickup time.

Google stated that these features would be rolling out in the next few months and with the smart speaker battle just heating up in India, it remains to be seen which assistant emerges victorious. "Game researchers have noted that a lot of customization is available in video game characters, but it doesn't stop players from choosing super sexy female characters that don't wear a lot of clothes", said Dr. Sweeney. All I really care about here is being able to say, "Ok Google, make my coffee in 10 minutes" to get my morning joe.

As part of the upgrade, more than 25 connected appliance models from the company's Whirlpool and Jenn-Air brands will no longer require users to state the specific brand when requesting that their Google Home complete an action.

Instagram users may soon gain access to a "Mute" option along with a slew of other features.

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