New Google Assistant Features Help You Stay Well-Mannered

Google Home Assistant Will Notice if You Say 'Please' and 'Thank You'

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The features have been bundled as "surviving the holidays" toolkit, and are meant to improve the productivity and home entertainment capabilities of Google Assistant.

With the holiday season upon us, Google is sharing ways that the Google Assistant can help you throughout the holiday season.

Yes, to take advantage of this karaoke-like feature you'll need to have a Google Play Music account. You can create a group to manage multiple appliances at once, set up a schedule to turn them on and off automatically, or just leave them be to charge. Then the Assistant will reply that "Thanks for asking so nicely". It enables the voice assistant to reward the usage of "please" and "thank you" with delightful responses.

If you've splurged for a Google Home speaker or Smart Display over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness, you'll be glad to know they're getting new features soon, some of which are coming just in time for the holidays. That is because Google Assistant really started back in 2012 with Google Now, it has just evolved to be much more than that.

Apart from this, Google will also be releasing other minor features and tweaks. The update also brings visual lyrics.

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One of the best features of the Google Home Hub is Google Photos' integration so it's a digital picture frame when it's not doing something more productive. Nest Hello sports two-way audio so you can talk to whoever is at the door as well.

Google is also rolling out certain family-centered functionalities such as read-along stories from Disney. Say "Hey, Google, tell me a story".

The compact size of the Home Hub means it can be placed nearly anywhere, while its screen is crisp and colourful and Google Assistant continues to be an easy to use AI-based voice assistant that many think far superior to Siri or Alexa when it comes to understanding your spoken commands and questions. This feature is available starting today for select songs. Pretty useful for quick timers and whatnot.

Touch Alarms: Swipe up from the home screen and tap the new timer button to set an alarm. You don't have to worry about keeping up with the soundtrack - Google listens to you reading, and tailors its sound effects to where you are in the story. Recent Google app teardowns revealed the company was working on adding this feature.

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