Google Assistant will now reward you for having good manners

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You'll hear a nice chime and kind phrases if you use the words "please" or "thank you" when requesting something from Google Assistant.

"We're excited to be featuring the brand new Google Home Hub in the space".

Another feature includes a recently launched Google Broadcast feature, which lets you make a recording of your voice and send it to a Google speaker or display. So parents can force their kids to say please when asking Google Assistant something.

Pretty Please is created to encourage polite behavior, so the Assistant will recognize when you use words like "please" and "thank you" when asking questions. You can use it to create a grocery list, a gift list, a to-do list - all the lists!

Further, the Keyword Blog confirmed that Google is working to add support for third-party list apps, including Any.do, Bring! and Todoist.

Google is always looking to make the Google Assistant a bit more, well helpful. Nest Hello sports two-way audio so you can talk to whoever is at the door as well.

If you're ready to listen to a holiday story, but you don't have any books with you, simply ask the Google Assistant to tell you a story. The feature only works with select songs, for now.

They say life imitates art - and in this case, "art" is Smart House, the 1999 Disney Channel original movie about a family whose life is controlled by PAT, their home's artificially intelligent personal assistant.

But the most useful and least glamorous features are the new notes and lists capability. The company adds, "Starting next week, you can also reply back from a smart speaker or Smart Display to your phone or other Home devices".

With visual lyrics, owners utilizing Google Play Music will see lyrics synchronized with a song when played via Google Assistant. Similarly, you can also hide a photo from your ambient screen or set a photo as favourite.

Well, if you have a Google Assistant smart speaker like the Google Home (or you have Google Assistant on your smartphone), you can do just that thanks to one of seven new holiday-themed features from the tech giant.

The features appear to be rolling out as part of a server-side update.

You'll be able to call Santa, too, just by saying, "Hey Google, Call Santa".

It's aimed at helping children develop manners, but it'll also work with rude adults who verbally abuse their voice assistants - like me.

The next one is reading aloud, including titles like "Mickey's Christmas Carol". It is also adding new holiday content by Nickelodeon such as "Albert: The Little Tree with Big Dreams", Blaze and the Monster Machines' "A Monster Machine Christmas", Dora the Explorer's "The Little Christmas Tree", PAW Patrol's "Holiday Helpers!" and Shimmer and Shine's "Santa's Christmas Genies".

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