"Over the next few weeks, we'll start slowly bringing this feature to more Android and iOS devices, and will continue to incorporate feedback as we continue testing", Google Assistant vice president Scott Huffman said in the post. Similar to smart speakers, this is an optional feature that users can opt in and out of.
Check out the following video to see how Google Duplex works. Beyond simply making conversation flow better, it can also save a fair amount of time if you've got a list of queries lined up for Google Assistant - after all, stopping to say "Hey Google" after each one results in a lot of wasted time when you've got an insatiable thirst for knowledge. You'll hear a beep to let you know Assistant is listening and then you can say whatever you want it to translate.
If you want to turn off Continued Conversations, you will need to disable the feature across your entire account.
What it basically does is that it calls a restaurant and then proceeds with a conversation and gets a table (or tables) booked for you. You can find the option to do so from within the Google Home app.
It's also worth noting that Continued Conversations is now only available in English.
Google Duplex made its debut last May at Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference in Mountain View, California. That should hopefully change in the future.
Continued Conversation on Google Home Hub: New icon at top left indicates Google Assistant is still listening.
Having a conversation that feels natural with a digital assistant is still not in the same league as a person-to-person interaction, but there are certainly some assistive technologies that do a reasonably good job of mimicking it. If you do not ask the Assistant another question, it will shut the microphone off. Once you've experienced it, I'm sure going back to using repeated "Hey Google" triggers will be quite painful and jarring.
What do you think of Google being able to make automated calls to businesses?
Are you seeing Continued Conversations on any of your Smart Displays?
Google is continuing to roll out new features for the Google Assistant on all of its platforms.
Play a game: Gather friends and family around your Smart Display and say, "Hey Google, Are you Feeling Lucky?" Continued Conversation will reportedly be live on all Assistant smart displays in the next few days.
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