Ah yes. Remember when Google announced it's adding John Legend as a voice on Google Assistant previous year? Google has turned the singer-songwriter into the newest voice option for Google Assistant. Nearly a year later, the feature is finally available to US consumers using the Google Assistant on their Google Home smart speakers, TVs or mobile phones. Heads up, you can't trap him in your phone or home - Legend's voice will only be available "for a limited time".
That's why Google relied on some of its A.I. smarts to teach the Assistant how to talk like Legend.
Say: "Hey Google, talk like a Legend". It's a nice twist on the standard Google Assistant experience, and it seems we might be in for more of these in the future from Google.
Assistant will continue to answer other questions in its normal voice, and you can turn off the cameo voice from settings. According to Google, John Legend will be available for select Assistant interactions starting today.
You can activate the special voice by asking your Google Home speaker questions like "are you John Legend?" and "what's your favorite type of music?", or by asking Google Assistant to tell you a joke. Instead, Google used artificial intelligence to recreate his voice for customized answers.
Google first announced that it would be bringing to Legend's voice to the Assistant back in May of 2018.
Cameo voices on the Assistant have been one of the top requests we've heard from you, and with the help of state-of-the-art speech synthesis model, WaveNet, they're now a reality. Well, that claim is a bit more suspect now that we know Mr. Legend is coming to your phone and speakers this very day.