Google Assistant gets a big update in time for Christmas

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Speaking of screening, Google has selected 50 free audiobooks that the Assistant can read to your kids when you tuck them in at night.

The upcoming Home Hub is Google's first in-house attempt, although Google Assistant-equipped displays made by LG, Lenovo and Harman are already on the market, while rival Amazon is already onto the second generation of its Alexa Show competitor.

"What's on my to-do list?"

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Next, the "Pretty Please" feature which was announced back at Google's I/O 2018 is now rolling out. "But if these are habits you're trying to instill in a little one or polish up yourself, Assistant will respond in kind".

Another kid-focused Google Assistant feature opens up a direct line to the North Pole.

With that in mind, from here on out, Google Assistant will be a bit more cheery if you take the time to say "please" or "thank you". Plus, Assistant didn't' seem to care if I was polite or not. It now comes with a musical touch that you can experience by saying "Hey Google, Call Santa".

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Apart from this, Google will also be releasing other minor features and tweaks.

There's also plenty of new Assistant-type features onboard this update. The feature is built-in directly in the Google Assistant, but Google has plans to roll out support for Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!

The Three | Google Assistant from Klipsch is available in select locations (including the UK) immediately. Say "Hey Google, add "Kindle for mom" to my gift list" and it'll know what you mean.

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Another handy update adds a two-way talkback feature for Nest Hello doorbells, so you can greet people before letting them in. You'll also be able to quickly hide a photo you don't want to see on your display anymore, or share a photo with one of your contacts. You just need to say "Hey Google, tell me a story about Christmas" or "Hey Google, tell me a winter story" to experience the new addition. When someone hits you up on the ol' doorbell, just tap the "Talk" button on your smart display to find out exactly what they want. Pretty useful for quick timers and whatnot. You can experience its presence by asking a question like, "Hey Google, please set a timer for five minutes".

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