CES 2020: Google Assistant can now read websites aloud, schedule actions and more


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CES 2020: Google Assistant can now read websites aloud, schedule actions and more
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Google did not want to miss the CES 2020 to present the next new features that will reach its Assistant. In addition to announcing the new partners that will support or integrate this virtual assistant. This year, new features that will become essential for many users will come to Google Assistant, and will make it easier for us every day.

Read web pages aloud

We start with a feature available on Google Go and will also be available soon in Google Assistant. We can ask the assistant to read a web page aloud to us.

If we are browsing an article or a news we can say “Ok Google, read it” or “Ok Google, read this page” so that the Assistant begins to read it out loud offering a natural reading. The player allows us to pause, move forward or backward in playback and change the reading speed. In addition, the contents may be translated into 42 languages.

Scheduled actions

One of the functions most demanded by users who have home automation devices in their homes will arrive in the coming months. Finally, they can schedule actions. That is, you can say things like “Ok Google, turn on the coffee maker at 6 in the morning” or “Ok Google, turn off the TV in half an hour.”

Setting up a smart device with the Assistant will now be easier thanks to the new notifications and suggestions that will appear on our mobile after installing the manufacturer’s application. Google Home will invite us to pair the new device with the Assistant quickly and without having to re-enter credentials.

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Google Assistant Privacy

Last year Google took privacy and transparency with respect to our data used in its products very seriously. If for a couple of months it allows us to delete our activity with a voice command now announces other interesting news that will be activated soon.

By default, the assistant no longer saves audio recordings unless we tell it otherwise to improve recognition. Well, soon we can ask the Assistant “Ok Google, are you saving my audio data?” to know if the recordings are being saved or not.

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