How to enable the new Google Assistant voices on your phone and smart speaker
While the original voice of the Assistant was provided by the charming Nat & Lo, who had to spend countless hours in a studio, recording responses to questions, now Google is able to harness its machine learning DeepMind platform to basically make artificial voices that sound real. We're talking believable inflection, natural pauses, and even linguistic fillers, such as um, ah, and the like.
Google even got one of the singer-songwriter John Legend to lend his suave voice to Google Assistant. He was fortunate enough to not have to sit in the recording studio for days, but just had to say some lines in front of a mic, instead. But his voice is not the only new one! There's 5 others, in fact, and they have gone live in the latest Google Assistant update. Here's how to enable them!